The stench of corruption over Barkley deal

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Corruption Corruption Corruption. Ross Barkley’s future has now eventually been sorted. The 24 year-old completed a £15m cut price move to Chelsea on Friday.

Now if you believe everything you read, the former Everton star had a last minute change of heart on deadline day in August
and pulled out half way through a medical at Cobham, supposedly it was because of interest from Mauricio Pochettino.

Barkley did claim on social media that the reason was that he wanted to concentrate on recovering from an injury that was to keep him out until January.

Then this week and not four days into the transfer window word was he was about to sign for Chelsea and low and behold the deal was done.

Now you may call me a cynic but for me I smell a rat in this whole deal. I do believe Mauricio Pochettino did hold an interest in Barkley, he’s a Pochettino type of player and he would have added an extra option. However I don’t believe for a minute Barkley had any intention of going anywhere else other than Chelsea and with financial gain his main motivation. Antonio Conte supposedly didn’t want him [Conspicuous by his absence at the unveiling] but if rumours are to believed the Italian won’t be at Stamford Bridge beyond the summer.

Chelsea were ready to pay £35m for his services in August, but yesterday got their man for a whopping £20m less, just 5 months later. I’m firmly of the belief that Barkley and Chelsea have pulled Everton, the FA and Premier League’s pants down.

I think it has gone like this, Barkley does everything bar sign the deal last August, Chelsea tell him you’re out for 6 months we won’t sign you now, but if you get treatment there, at Everton’s expense, we will bid a lot less for you and we’ll give you a couple of extra quid for your troubles, when we will return for you in January.

Publicly he’s told to say he changed his mind, is out for six months anyway so cites that as an excuse. So instead of costing Chelsea any medical expense, they then save £20m in transfer fees, they give that little golden handshake in the guise of a signing on fee to Barkley for sitting tight, so he gets the wages he wants and a couple of extra quid and he gets to shaft Everton too.

It’s the speed in which the deal got done that makes me question it. The Window is only open 4 days but they (Barkley & Chelsea) manage to agree a deal that quick. I don’t buy it one little bit.

Barkley was never going to come to Spurs, we were just the smokescreen and Everton fell for it hook line and sinker.

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  1. Cynical much! I imagine that Poch didn't want to sign a player in the January window who is not ready for first team football.

  2. Not sure how this is evidence of corruption, no different to any other player running their contract down. It's in the player's interests to do it this way, 35m to Everton and perhaps 3m as a signing bonus for the player in Aug, or 15m for Everton and 6m to the player now.
    To the current breed of selfish player, that's far more in their interest isn't it? Sanchez will likely do the same in July, pocket the 30m that the Goons could have got now himself. Seems to be the way of the world, greed and poor form, but not corruption.

  3. Corruption or greed …so common now in sport. In any event….a player who is very hit and miss lacks any real consistency and lacks the hard work ethic Poch demands…would not fit in spurs….he simply won't cut it with spurs

  4. Fine. If that is what you believe. But it matters not.

    Ultimately the deal has no exceptional level of corruption to the typical deal done in higher levels of football. Players want, clubs want, and sometimes they come together, as per Chelsea and Barkley with this transfer. Everton did not too badly considering how late they left their contract for Barkley.

  5. Fine. If that is what you believe. But it matters not.
    Ultimately the deal has no exceptional level of corruption to the typical deal done in higher levels of football. Players want, clubs want, and sometimes they come together, as per Chelsea and Barkley with this transfer. Everton did not too badly considering how late they left their contract for Barkley.
    Chelsea? £15m as is touted or £35m. Small change for that club. So I am inclined to believe they did not manipulate a lower feee.

  6. I would say this article is 99.99% correct. I wouldn’t be surprised if Chelsea were involved in this sort of scandal, after all, just look who the owner is. I think I must increase it to 100%.

  7. The relevant issue here is that Barkley would have struggled to be first pick at Spurs as one of the 3 central midfield players preferred by Poch. He would have been behind Wanayama, Dembele, Dier and Winks in my honest opinion. I also believe Son, Eriksen and Alli would have been ahead of Barkley for the two attacking midfielder positions. In other words; Ross Barkley was not good enough to get in the Spurs side unless Spurs sold the better players. If I were a Chelsea supporter I would be a little concerned about what is currently happening to their squad. Drinkwater and Barkley are not at the level of their top players and the rumours suggest that Hazard and Courtois are on their way.

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