Liverpool mayor calls on FA to investigate Barkley’s transfer to Chelsea. Eden Hazard tells Real Madrid he’ll join on one condition while Chelsea youngster officially pens a new deal at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has admitted that the Blues were keen on signing Virgil van Dijk. But lost out to Liverpool. Liverpool signed Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk for a fee of £75 million, making him the most expensive defender in football history. The Dutchman has made a fantastic start to life on Merseyside. He scored a late winner at Anfield to knock Everton out of the FA Cup and effectively end their season in early January.
When asked about Chelsea missing out on Virgil van Dijk, Conte said, “This is football, this is life. For sure it was our target [to sign him], but as you know very well, football is this.” The Chelsea manager added, “Liverpool bought Van Dijk to reinforce their defensive line, and I think Van Dijk is a top defender. They spent 85 million euros for this player.”
3. Liverpool mayor calls on FA to investigate Ross Barkley’s £15m transfer to Chelsea
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has referred Ross Barkley’s £15m ($20m) transfer from Everton to Chelsea to the FA and police for investigation over his suspicions that the deal was deliberately undervalued.
Barkley completed his move to Stamford Bridge last week after turning down a £35m move to the Premier League champions on transfer deadline day in August. According to the Guardian, Anderson, a lifelong Everton fan, wrote to FA chairman and Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore saying the “circumstance” of the transfer warranted “serious investigation”.
He said: “I believe the circumstance of his transfer now warrants serious investigation,” […] “I am so concerned about the circumstances surrounding this transfer. I am asking the appropriate police authorities to consider whether any fraud has taken place.”