persistence to procure his signature and now has no hesitations to move to Stamford Bridge.
"He has this great opportunity to play in a great club, with ambition and great targets, and also to put yourself in this new challenge".
"I think with Kante there, Fabregas and Barkley being the runner and joining in, scoring goals from midfield, they'll be a real threat and a good midfield three".
The 24-year-old's contract at Goodison Park was due to expire at the end of the season after he rejected a new deal with the Toffees.
'We are talking about an English player, a young player, with good prospects for Chelsea, ' Conte said.
Club director Marina Granovskaia added: "Ross is a player we have long admired and are certain he will prove to be an important player for Chelsea". He's very strong physically, good technique.
Many have questioned whether Barkley is good enough, but the fact Chelsea and Tottenham were battling for his signature, suggests that some very good judges in the game believe he is. "He is a complete player but at the same time he is very young and he has just started his career". But that's not the case anymore, with Spurs apparently wanting to wait until the end of the season to sign him for free, while Chelsea ready to spend money now. This player has not played in seven months.
Everton manager Sam Allardyce was also resigned to losing Barkley, saying that the midfielder was set to move to one of England's "big boys" which now appears to be Chelsea.