Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Clubs may force players to pay agents - Premier League 2018

Clubs may force players to pay agents - Premier League 2018

We are all trying to pay less, they are doing nothing for football.

Asked whether agents were disrupting the game, Gold added: "That goes with the territory, they are certainly doing that".

The Times article said top-flight clubs paid agents £211m a year ago, with 79% of 541 player transactions involving dual representation - when an agent acts for both the club and the player.

If one word was needed to sum up the direction football has gone in, especially in terms of the insane finances and money leaking from the sport, it would be agents. I can't believe it is even a discussion.

There are two ways clubs can pay agent fees, either on the player's behalf - and deducting the payment from the player's salary - or through dual representation, which club chairmen have been discussing banning, where an agent is paid by the club and the player. "Other than agents, everybody else is against them, they do nothing for football".

It has been claimed Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiolo picked up around £41m from Juventus and Manchester United as part of his client Paul Pogba's £89m move to Old Trafford in 2016.

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"The FA certainly is line with our feelings that something has to be done", Gold said.

Until 2015 dual representation was illegal in England but that was reversed when Federation Internationale de Football Association deregulated the way agents operate.

Today's Times exclusive also revealed that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are looking at these dual-representation arrangements and will be demanding that clubs and agents provide evidence of what has been done for each side.

Other proposals from the Premier League include forcing agents to have a United Kingdom based bank account where fees can be paid; ensuring that fees must be paid over the length of the player's contract, rather than in a lump sum; ending dual representation and making agents present an annual financial statement.

Every single one of English champions Manchester City's 52 transactions involved dual representation, as did nearly all of those deals that involved Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Meanwhile it is understood the Premier League has made headway on finding a replacement for Richard Scudamore, who will leave his post as executive chairman on 14 December. A shortlist of 35 has been whittled down to five.

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