Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has sent an extraordinary letter to Football Association, calling for interrogation claiming he has contacted the police over Ross Barkley’s £15m move from Everton to Chelsea.
After the midfielder’s £15m move to London not long ago, Anderson asserted via social media that he would contact the FA over the arrangement, saying Chelsea had purposely endeavored to bid down the transfer price.
Presently the full content of the letter has been uncovered, in which the candid chairman says he has asked the police ‘whether any misrepresentation has occurred after.
The letter, distributed on Tuesday by the Liverpool Echo, comes after Barkley made his since quite a while ago touted change from Goodison Park to Stamford Bridge – yet for a much lower charge than anticipated.
Having been set for a £35m switch in August, the deal fell through when Barkley tore his crotch. The move was revived in January – yet with the midfielder’s Everton contract due to end in the mid year, Chelsea could arrange a much lower expense.
Anderson, who portrays himself in the letter as ‘a deep rooted supporter of Everton and as somebody with a more extensive interest for the eventual fate of the game’, was enraged by this, claiming Chelsea had pulled out last minute in order to force the price down.
FULL LETTER TO THE FA FROM MAYOR JOE ANDERSON
Ross Barkley transfer
I write to you as a lifelong supporter of Everton Football Club – and as someone with a broader interest in the future of the game. The matter at hand is the recent transfer of Ross Barkley from Everton FC to Chelsea FC.
It was widely reported and confirmed by Mr Farhad Moshiri, a Director of EFC – in an interview on August 31 with Sky Sports News – that a deal had been reached with Chelsea for a fee of £35 million.
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.
However with less than an hour remaining on deadline day it was revealed that the deal had been rejected by Ross Barkley. At the time, it was stated by his agent that Ross had a hamstring injury and had decided to regain his fitness and then consider his options in January.
Since then, Ross Barkley has not played a single minute for Everton. The stated reason is that he has a groin strain. As I mentioned Mr Barkley had one year left on his contract with Everton and his saleable value at the time clearly was based on him having only this period left.
The January window opened and within hours Chelsea had tabled an offer to Everton of £15 million – some £20 million less than offered just four months earlier – 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.
As you well know, there is much speculation about the role of agents in transactions such as this and the impact it has on the modern game, including their role in the transfer of players.
I believe that the player has a contract and it should be honoured by both parties but clearly, the value of a player decreases as the contract runs down. It must surely concern you that the value of this player decreased so sharply, losing the selling club over £1 million per week, (plus the costs of the continuation of the player’s wages).
Had he left at the end of the season, it is clear he could then have departed on a free transfer and I accept that would and could have happened, costing Everton more. However, I believe that the circumstance of his transfer now warrants serious investigation.
There seems to me to be at least a public perception that collusion has taken place. While that may not be the case it is in your interest that this is at least looked at to reassure fans that transfers will be monitored more closely in future and that no individuals are benefiting inappropriately.
Football fans are often treated as the forgotten minority and the premier league would not be the fantastic product it is without them. Those committed fans pay exceptional ticket prices to watch their team play which I believe gives them a stake in this whole process and they deserve the right to a degree of transparency.
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.
As a politician – and someone who supports and rightly welcomes scrutiny under the Nolan Principles – I feel it is right that the public receive an assurance on this matter – and that transfers are monitored more closely. I hope we can count on the sport’s governing bodies to provide those assurances.
Mayor of Liverpool.
In the letter to FA chairman Greg Clarke and Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore, Anderson says: ‘There seems to me to be at least a public perception that collusion has taken place.
‘While that may not be the case it is in your interest that this is at least looked at to reassure fans that transfers will be monitored more closely in future and that no individuals are benefiting inappropriately.
‘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.’