Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chelsea in Legal Bid to Recover ?16M Fee for Mikel; Centre of Legal Row: Jon Obi Mikel

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chelsea in Legal Bid to Recover ?16M Fee for Mikel; Centre of Legal Row: Jon Obi Mikel

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CHELSEA today began a legal battle against Lyn Oslo and their former chief executive Morgan Andersen to recoup the ?16million transfer fee they paid for midfielder John Obi Mikel.

The move follows the criminal conviction of Andersen by a Norwegian court last March for falsifying documents in relation to Mikel's sale in June 2006 for which he was given a suspended one-year jail sentence.

Chelsea claim the entire transfer deal was based on the "fraudulent misrepresentation" that Mikel had an employment contract with Lyn and are now demanding their money back.

Mikel was at the centre of a major row at the time

Chelsea sue over ?16m fee for Mikel with both Chelsea and Manchester United claiming to have agreed to sign the Nigerian.

The dispute dragged on for more than a year and was eventually settled when Chelsea agreed to pay ? 16m in compensation ? 12m to United and ? 4m to Lynn.

The club, however, stressed today that their refund claim is against Lynn and Andersen and has nothing to do with United. …

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