Ross Barkley transfer referred to police by Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson
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The mayor of Liverpool has asked police to investigate whether any "fraud" has taken place surrounding Ross Barkley's transfer from Everton to Chelsea.

Joe Anderson has written to the heads of the Football Association (FA) and Premier League following the 24-year-old England midfielder's £15m move.

The "circumstance" of the deal "warrants serious investigation", said lifelong Everton fan Mr Anderson.

The Premier League champions had reportedly agreed to pay £35m in the summer, only for Barkley to pull out of the move to Stamford Bridge at the last minute.

Noting that Barkley did not play "a single minute for Everton" in the time between these two negotiations, he said the player has seen "a decrease in value of more than one million pounds a week".

He claimed: "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," Mr Anderson said.

Chelsea are reported  to be paying £15million to Everton  £7 million to Agents and an unknown signing on fee to Barkley.

 

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Probably go the same way as the inquiry into the "murky" ownership issues at Everton, (assuming there is one), ie under the carpet.

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7 million quid went on "agents fee". Don't wish to sound like an "in my dayer" but this makes me despair of the incarnation of modern football. 

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Could be the new ruling that players with less than 5 brain cells cannot make a move more than 20 miles from their previous club in case they get lost.

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16 hours ago, morex said:

7 million quid went on "agents fee". Don't wish to sound like an "in my dayer" but this makes me despair of the incarnation of modern football. 

And for what?

Scouring the world to find a suitable player???? Ensuring that the player turned up in the right place to sign his contract???

The agents will also be getting a nice cut from the player too!

Agent fees are little more than extortion at that level

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54 minutes ago, ronky said:

And for what?

Scouring the world to find a suitable player???? Ensuring that the player turned up in the right place to sign his contract???

The agents will also be getting a nice cut from the player too!

Agent fees are little more than extortion at that level

Agents have helped steer football in the revolting direction that it has gone.

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33 minutes ago, Barry P said:

Agents have helped steer football in the revolting direction that it has gone.

With many earning much more than the stars themselves.

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Latest reports suggest that Sanchez's agent wants £5m for negotiating his transfer to Manchester. Plus his 10% of his £52m 4 year contract adds another £5m, means that he should be able to retire and leave the sport with a bit of luck!!!

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