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Chelsea wants £16m Mikel transfer fee refunded

Posted by By Agency Reporter on 2008/10/10 | Views: 2628 |

Chelsea wants £16m Mikel transfer fee refunded


Chelsea has issued a High Court claim for £16m against FC Lyn Oslo and its former chief executive Morgen Andersen over the transfer of Jon Mikel Obi.

Chelsea has issued a High Court claim for £16m against FC Lyn Oslo and its former chief executive Morgen Andersen over the transfer of Jon Mikel Obi.

The Premier League club wants Mikelís transfer fee repaid after Andersenís criminal conviction in Norway.

According to BBC Sport report on Friday, Chelsea says the deal was based on the fraudulent misrepresentation that Mikel had an employment contract with Lyn.

In June 2006 Chelsea paid £4m to Lyn and £12m to Manchester United that had a deal to sign Mikel in April 2005.

ďAt the time of the transfer, Chelsea, Lyn and Manchester United agreed that the fees paid would be in final settlement of the transfer, any claims related to it and that no further action or comment regarding the transfer would be made,Ē BBC quoted Chelsea as saying in statement.

The statement added, ďChelsea has written to Lyn to make clear that because the transfer was based on a fraudulent misrepresentation, now proven by a court of law, the settlement previously agreed is not binding. Chelsea is in contact with Lyn and looks forward to working positively with them to resolve the claim promptly. Chelsea would like to make clear that this legal action is against Lyn and Morgan Andersen.Ē

United had claimed that it had signed Mikel from Norwegian club, Lyn, but it later agreed to terminate its option agreement when the player made it clear he wanted to join Chelsea.

Andersen, who had previous convictions for forging official documents, was later convicted of fraud and making false accusations by an Oslo court.

He was given a one-year suspended jail sentence.

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Actually translates to bravehearted.