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Liverpool City mayor demands investigation into Chelsea transfer

13 Enero 2018
Liverpool City mayor demands investigation into Chelsea transfer

Conte spoke of Barkley's versatility, but said it was important the Everton academy graduate understands his role tactically before he is selected. "I've got no concerns at all about Chelsea who were immaculate as they were in the summer, absolutely immaculate", he said.

He suggested that the circumstances surrounding the transfer warrant "serious investigation", adding that "there seems to be at least a public perception that collusion has taken place".

The Times reported on Wednesday that Chelsea paid Barkley's agent £7m on top of the £15m received by Everton to secure the deal.

The politician believes that the sides have artificially reduced the transfer fee of the 24-year-old England player.

The midfielder completed a £20m move from Everton to Stamford Bridge this month, coming as a £15m cut on the Blues' bid that was rejected by the Toffees at the start of the campaign.

He is recovering from a lengthy spell out with a hamstring injury and is yet to play this season.

"Referring to the subsequent January sale of Barkley for the much lesser fee, Mayor Anderson writes: "(This is a) decrease in value of more than one million pounds a week.

Barkley is a player full of ability and talent and can be played anywhere across midfield which is very good for a manager like Antonio Conte, who likes versatile players that can be deployed in several positions.

Confident as I am that the Liverpool Major's protestations will fall on deaf ears, the significance of his quite public rage is that it is symptomatic of an era in football where there is a complete lack of confidence in the regulation of the game.

Barkley certainly does not appear to be bitter at being snubbed by Spurs. These next five months, until the end of the season, will be the defining period for his Chelsea career.

"Bill miraculously got an offer of £35m for a player who was going to be a free agent but he didn't want to go when he was injured". We'll just have to wait and see what happens.