CHELSEA FC IN ‘FRAUD PROBE’ CALL
Liverpool Mayor calls for police investigation over Barkley transfer
MAYOR of Liverpool Joe Anderson has asked the police to investigate “whether any fraud has taken place” over Ross Barkley’s £15million transfer to Chelsea.
The midfielder, whose contract was up at the end of the season, had been ready to join the London club in August for £35m but pulled out at the last minute.
And when he joined four months later the fee had dropped by £20m, prompting Anderson to demand a probe.
In a letter to the FA he wrote: “The fee was believed by many, including myself, to be a good deal and was based on him having just a year left of his contract.”
“This is a decrease in value of more than one million pounds a week. At best, this represents a very poor deal for Everton Football Club.
“At worst, it could be seen as a deliberate attempt to drive down a player’s value in the transfer market so as to benefit the player, his agent and the buying club.
“I am so concerned about the circumstances surrounding this transfer that I am asking the appropriate police authorities to consider whether any fraud has taken place.”
Barkley joined Everton as an 11-year-old and rose through the academy.
During his time at the club, the 24-year-old played more than 150 games and was called up to the England squad.
A Chelsea source said: “This is nonsense. It’s a business deal between two clubs who have no issues with it.
“This is nothing to do with the Mayor of Liverpool. Everton are run by professional people, they don’t need him weighing in. Even if he is a fan.”
GUTTED: Anderson slammed a ‘very poor deal for Everton’