Chelsea paid agent fees of around £7 million on top of the initial £15 million fee for Ross Barkley, according to The Times.
Tottenham were heavily linked with Barkley in the summer, but Mauricio Pochettino is believed to prefer other targets this month – that is apparently why Spurs gave Chelsea a free run at the midfielder.
Of course, that might not be the full story. Including agent fees, Chelsea ended up paying £22 million for Barkley, whose Everton contract was set to expire this summer.
If Spurs were still in for the 24-year-old earlier this month, Daniel Levy likely balked at those figures.