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Chelsea legend Lampard: What I think of Barkley arrival

Chelsea legend Lampard: What I think of Barkley arrival

Frank Lampard has backed 'fantastic' Ross Barkley to become a hit at Chelsea following his £15million move from Everton.

Anderson will undoubtedly be even more incensed when he sees the reported fee that Barkley's agent Paul Martin received for the transfer, which according to the Times, stands at a staggering £7m. Insolvency lawyers would mutter phrases such as 'transactions at undervalue' and suspicions would be raised that, somewhere, books were being cooked.

The full text of the letter can be seen at the bottom of this article in the Liverpool Echo.

Barkley, who was close to joining the Blues last summer, finally put pen to paper on a deal at Stamford Bridge last week, becoming Chelsea's first signing of the month. It sounds like he'll get a lot of help, with the Chelsea boss wishing great things of him.

Noting that Barkley did not play "a single minute for Everton" in the time between these two negotiations, he said the player has seen "a decrease in value of more than one million pounds a week".

Confident as I am that the Liverpool Major's protestations will fall on deaf ears, the significance of his quite public rage is that it is symptomatic of an era in football where there is a complete lack of confidence in the regulation of the game.

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He claimed: "At best, this represents a very poor deal for Everton Football Club". In the worst case, it is the intention of lowering the player's transfer fee in the interests of the player, his agent, and the club that bought him.

"I am concerned about this transfer and I want the police to investigate it", the Guardian quotes the mayor.

If one was to sell a company or shares in a company for £15 million (let alone £35 million) there is a raft of regulation, due diligence, legal input, HMRC clearances, accountancy advice and probity involved.

"I think it's a good signing", Lampard told the Chelsea-Frank-Lampard-Ross-Barkley-signing-chance-EXCLUSIVE-Premier-League-BT-Gossip-News" Daily StarChelsea-Frank-Lampard-Ross-Barkley-signing-chance-EXCLUSIVE-Premier-League-BT-Gossip-News" .

Barkley has yet to play this season as he continues his rehabilitation. England is by some distance the most active market for football intermediaries - Italy, Spain, France, Portugal and Germany lagging some way behind.