CHELSEA FC IN ‘FRAUD PROBE’ CALL

Liver­pool Mayor calls for po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion over Barkley trans­fer

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By COLIN HURST [email protected]­daysport.co.uk

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.

Con­cerned

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’

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