No criminal wrongdoing in Barkley transfer: Cops

Updated: Jan 17, 2018, 09:40 IST | PA Sport

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

Ross Barkley
Ross Barkley

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 £15m move earlier this month. However, it is understood Assistant Chief Constable Serena Kennedy has written to the FA and EPL inviting them to inform them should they choose to discover any evidence.

Anderson, an Everton fan, argued the sale of Barkley for the £20m less than what had been agreed in August, when the player pulled out at the last minute, "at best represents a very poor deal for Everton". He added: "At worst, it could be seen an attempt to drive down a player's value in the transfer market so as to benefit the player, his agent and the buying club."

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