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The Mayor Of Liverpool Wants To Know Why Ross Barkley’s Value Fell So Much In Four Months


Ross Barkley completed his long-mooted move to Chelsea on Friday afternoon, moving to Stamford Bridge in a £15m transfer from Everton.

In a league where transfer fees have been spiralling out of control in recent years, that figure is seen by some as something of a bargain. Granted, the 24-year-old’s contract was due to expire in a few months, leaving him free to join another club on a free transfer, but Chelsea were prepared to pay £35m to sign Barkley on transfer deadline day back in August.

The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, took to Twitter on Friday to evening to question how Barkley’s value has been allowed to fall so dramatically in a few months. Anderson intends to write to the Premier League and the FA to determine how Barkley, having spurned a move to Stamford Bridge at the last minute in August, has not played a single second of first team football for Everton this season,which in turn has seen his value decrease as he moved  towards the end of his current contract  (with all hope of a renewal seemingly gone).

Conversely, while Everton would almost certainly put a higher value on Barkley had they been in a stronger position regarding his contract (and the £50m they had been quoting Tottenham in the early part of last summer can attest to that), the fact that they were always going to lose Barkley – either now or in the summer – coupled with the fact that he would likely not have played a big role in Sam Allardyce’s plans for the remainder of the season because of that, meant that it made more sense to cash in on him now rather than lose him for nothing in the summer.

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