Ross Barkley switched his boyhood club Everton for Chelsea on Friday in a £15m move and whilst those in west London were happy with the bargain deal, Liverpool city's mayor, Joe Anderson, was up in arms on Twitter over the fee.
24-year-old Barkley looked to have sealed his move to Stamford Bridge in the summer for a fee of £35m, a deal which he pulled out of later after claiming it did not feel like the right move at the time. However, with a hamstring injury sidelining the midfielder for six months, the Blues secured a discounted deal which left the Toffees £20m adrift of the fee they agreed upon in the summer.
I will be writing to .@premierleague & .@FA calling for investigation into the circumstances around the transfer of Ross Barkley between Everton and Chelsea. Agent pulls transfer on deadline day of £35 million doesn’t play again transfer 4 months later £20 million— Joe Anderson (@mayor_anderson) January 5, 2018
Although Barkley would have been free to leave Goodison Park at the end of the summer on a free transfer due to coming to the end of his contract, the dramatic drop in the price from the summer to January has led to many questioning the deal, even the mayor of Liverpool.
Anderson posted on Twitter: "I will be writing to .@premierleague & .@FA calling for investigation into the circumstances around the transfer of Ross Barkley between Everton and Chelsea. Agent pulls transfer on deadline day of £35 million doesn’t play again transfer 4 months later £20 million.
"We also got a good deal in a transfer fee that was honest, everyone knows Barkley is worth at least £50 million in today’s market, don’t mind him going but Club and fans being ripped off.
"The move of @RBarkley20 from .@Everton to Chelsea today for £15 million after not playing one minute this season & after his Agent pulled the deal for £35 million in the summer, is a smack in the face to Everton fans who have always supported him loyally.Barkley #unforgiveable," he added.
Barkley is understood to be back to full fitness in another blow to the Everton faithful after having to see the 24-year-old collect his millions in wages without featuring for the club this season, and here is how Twitter reacted to Anderson's claims...