£15m Barkley transfer gets green light after police probe

Date published: Tuesday 16th January 2018 3:28

Merseyside Police has found no evidence of wrongdoing in Ross Barkley’s transfer from Everton to Chelsea.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson wrote to the force, the Football Association and Premier League requesting an investigation into the £15million move earlier this month.

Press Association Sport understands no offences have been identified by Merseyside Police.

However, it is understood Assistant Chief Constable Serena Kennedy has written to the Football Association and Premier League inviting them to inform them should they choose to hold their own investigations and discover any evidence.

Anderson, a lifelong Everton fan, argued the sale of Barkley for the £20million less than what had been agreed in August, when the player pulled out of a move at the last minute, “at best represents a very poor deal for Everton Football Club”.

He added: “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.”

Barkley’s £15million transfer saw an £7million paid to his agents, the Wasserman company, according to The Times.

The agent fees agreed at the time of the proposed August transfer are unknown, but Chelsea know they have got a good deal after Barkley signed a five-and-a-half-year contract and will have considerable resale value in the future.

Chelsea, who spent £25million on agent fees from February 2016 to January 2017 – the second highest behind Man City in the Premier League – and the Wasserman company declined to comment earlier this month.

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