Chelsea accused of Barkley fraud

English Premier League

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.

And Anderson, a lifelong Everton fan, has since written to FA chairman and Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore saying the "circumstance" of the transfer warranted "serious investigation".

"I believe the circumstance of his transfer now warrants serious investigation," the Liverpool mayor was quoted as writing in the letter by the Guardian.

"There seems to me to be at least a public perception that collusion has taken place. While that may not be the case, it is in your interest this is at least looked at to reassure fans transfers will be monitored more closely and no individuals are benefiting inappropriately.

"Football fans are often treated as the forgotten minority and the Premier League would not be the fantastic product it is without them. Those committed fans pay exceptional ticket prices to watch their team play which I believe gives them a stake in this whole process, and they deserve the right to a degree of transparency.

"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."