Premier League's crackdown on agents

Ruben Hill
September 13, 2018

Thursday though has brought an exclusive from The Times, revealing that the 20 current Premier League clubs were meeting today and are pushing for a ban on clubs paying agents.

Last season Premier League clubs paid agents a total of £211m (club by club breakdown above) a year ago, which was an increase of £37m on the previous 12 months.

That could mean players picking up the entire bill, meaning, for example, Paul Pogba would have had to pay Mino Raiola £41m for his move from Juventus to Manchester United.

A Premier League's working group has consulted a number of top employment lawyers in the hope their plans will survive the expected legal challenges they will face when reducing an intermediary's earning potential.

Thursday's meeting will decide whether to adopt the series of radical proposals - or whether to work alongside Federation Internationale de Football Association who are also considering changes to the present system.

The proposals also include the re-introduction of an "exam" for all agents, to see if they are suitably qualified to act as an intermediary.

Agents would need a United Kingdom bank account to conduct business in England while also providing an annual statement to the Football Association.

Instead of clubs paying an agent, it would fall on the player to come up with the money - which some claim will merely add to the wage demands of players.

There were 541 player transactions (transfers, loans or new contracts) involving Premier League clubs last season with a minimum of at least 426 of these, 79%, involving dual representation.

They are looking at agents fees being paid over the length of a contract, rather than in one large sum, as they are now.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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