THE Premier League should investigate Chelsea’s deal for Andreas Christensen, claim their rivals.
A report from Football Leaks claimed that the Blues employed the centre-back’s father, Sten, as a scout on the same day they signed Christensen from Brondby in 2012.
Premier League rivals are calling for Chelsea to be investigated for their deal to sign Andreas Christensen[/caption]
Alleged copies of consultancy agreements, published by Danish broadsheet Politiken, claim that Sten started work at the club on July 1, 2012.
He was apparently paid a monthly salary of £11,400 over four years – a total of £656,640 – while still working at Brondby as a goalkeeping coach.
Premier League rules state that payments to family members of young players are not allowed, with both Liverpool and Everton banned from signing Under-18 players in recent years.
According to the Telegraph, Chelsea’s rivals are now pressing Prem chiefs to properly investigate the accusations.
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It is alleged that Bertrand Traore was first signed as a schoolboy, when he was just 16, although Chelsea have always denied he was on their books.
It is against Fifa rules to transport players across borders – outside the EU – when they are under 18 but the club insisted Traore was never signed and was only “on trial”.
On January 1 2014, Chelsea announced Traore, three months past his 18th birthday, had signed a four and a half year deal, although he was not eligible for a work permit.
But while the club publicly stuck with its argument that Traore had only been on trial and not played any official matches before his 18th birthday, the Arsenal club website, in a standard match report, revealed he had featured against their under-18 side in 2011.
Fifa then found that Traore had played a total of 25 games for Chelsea at youth and senior level before he was registered with the FA.
If found guilty of foul play, the Blues could face a transfer ban on young players.
A Premier League spokesman said: “If we receive any substantiated material that suggests our rules may have been breached, or relevant information has not been disclosed, we will investigate and have a track record of doing so.
“These processes are confidential and we do not comment publicly unless there is anything substantial to say.”
Manchester City have also been dragged into the claims, with Football Leaks documents claiming City were willing to break the rules to sign Christensen.
Christensen’s father is alleged to have joined the Blues as a scout on the same day the defender signed and was paid more than £600,000[/caption]
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A document titled ‘Financial Summary of Youth Acquisitions’ included the defender and valued him at £430,000.
There was an additional note that read: “£230,000 to family.”
The document added: “We have information that Chelsea has offered to accommodate these numbers.”