Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson is refusing to drop his suspicion of Ross Barkey’s £15m move to Chelsea last week.
Anderson caused a huge stir on social media at the weekend when he suggested that the transfer fee, significantly lower than the £35m that Everton would have received for the English international last summer, was far too low a decrease – and he called on the Football Association to investigate how this was allowed to happen.
The Liverpool Echo have reported on Tuesday that not only has Anderson since written to the FA, but he also wants the “relevant police authorities” to become involved to ascertain how the deal was done.
“(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.
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 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.“
The letter in full can be found on the Liverpool Echo website.
There has been no suggestion from the FA thus far that anything improper has taken place with regards Barkley’s move to Stamford Bridge, despite the significantly lower fee agreed between the two clubs. Indeed, if the matter were to be put to Chelsea, they would undoubtedly point to the fact that the 24-year-old would have been out of contract in the summer, and tus available on a free transfer, as the primary factor in the lower fee.