We’ve made the Top 4!
And it only took Harry one season to do so!
We could say well done but that would be a bit cheeky! Maybe – as supporters – it is none of our business to whom or for what transaction these were paid but like the current furore over Bank bonuses these are large sums of money and amounts that certainly need some justification.
My memory tells me in this period we resigned Defoe and Keane, signed Palacios, Crouch, Bassong, Naughton and Kranjcar. We also sold and loaned a few out. Therefore we would have paid a few bob to agents. But £6M? Kranjcar, for example, was a £2M fee but how much did the agent get – more than that? And was Defoe not in court over the sacking of his agent?
I’ve never quite worked out why the club ends up paying this money in any case. Surely if the player employs the agent he should pay him and not the club. It’s like foreign players asking for wages net rather than gross. Maybe in your Country Senor but not in North London me old china!
As a consequence surely the amount that the club pays should be capped and if the agent is due more the player settles it. After all he is getting pretty decent wages from which to do so.
It might be helpful if the “undisclosed” deal dies a death. After all published accounts will eventually allow people to guess what the transfer sums were if they are not disclosed in the Club’s annual report. If all transfer deals had to be published and then associated agent payments also had to be reported as an additional amount the agents might ask for less and the Clubs might end up paying less.
Think of it this way. If the players have moved the payments over to the clubs this suggests they think the amounts are too much. The agent maybe said once “OK I understand you think it is al lot but if I can get the club to pay it are you Ok with that?” What player would say no?
Then the Club probably thinks it is too much but wants the player. If they had to reveal the payments as part of the transfer then they may well be able to say “our shareholders will not be happy with this amount of money” and force a reduction.
That only leaves the agents. It would be interesting to know how much each of them have earned within the £70M and also how much tax has been accounted for by them. If Bank bonuses need to be controlled surely these payments also need to be.
I dare the Premier League to try and do it for the sake of our beautiful game!
For your interest the League Table of Fees is as follows:
Manchester City – £12,874,283
Chelsea – £9,562,223
Liverpool – £6,657,305
Tottenham – £6,066,935
West Ham – £5,527,548
Arsenal – £4,760,241
Wigan – £3,576,972
Portsmouth – £3,184,725
Bolton – £3,166,611
Everton – £2,008,407
Sunderland – £2,007,040
Aston Villa – £1,708,374
Blackburn – £1,610,885
Hull – £1,599,188
Manchester United – £1,517,393
Fulham – £1,469,258
Wolves – £1,235,703
Birmingham – £974,982
Stoke – £716,042
Burnley – £468,398