Premier League want players to pay agents' fees instead of clubs

Annette Crawford
September 16, 2018

Crucially, if agreed, all agents fees will be paid over the course of a player's contract - avoiding the payment of lump sums to agents on completion of a transfer or new contract.

"We are all trying to pay less - they are doing nothing for football", said Gold.

The proposed changes to how agents operate in the transfer market could lead to fewer high profile transfers being sanctioned every summer, as players must consider whether the move is right for them, and worth the cost of the agent's fees, as opposed to just what their agent sees as the most lucrative option. "Other than agents, everybody else is against them, they do nothing for football". Asked if they were disrupting the game, he added: "That goes with the territory".

When transfers take place, the agent of the player involved will be given a fee by the club purchaasing their client, meaning that £220 million was spent on agent fees in England and Wales alone past year.

The Times revealed yesterday that 80 per cent of the 541 deals in the Premier League last season involved "dual..."

A vivid example of the high fees some football agents earn is that of super-agent, Mino Raiola, who reportedly pocketed £41m from Paul Pogba's move from Juventus to Manchester United. From the beginning it's not been something that we want and they don't want.

A spokesman for the country's football governing body revealed that the "FA is talking to both the Premier League and Fifa and that will determine our future direction of travel".

Would it make a difference?

There was also at least one deal last season where it was triple representation, an agent paid by player, buying club and the selling one! However, representing both parties gives the agent the bargaining power in the deal.

The measure to insist that only players should pay agents is among a raft of new rules that the league wants imposed with the aim of reducing the power of intermediaries.

"They should still be able to attract the best talent to sign for them".

Dr Yilmaz agrees that, to reduce the level of fees, a commission cap would be "ideal and more effective". "Dual representation" was previously illegal in England but was allowed when Federation Internationale de Football Association deregulated the way agents operate in 2015.

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