With agent fees at a record high, the Premier League and Football Association want to take action to limit the power and influence of the game’s middlemen.
Now, as The Daily Mail reports, at a meeting of the Premier League shareholders to be held in London on Friday, new rules are being proposed which look to stop the practice of dual representation – where the same agent is paid by both club and player in a single transfer.
In 2017 the amount of money spent on agents’ fees by clubs in the Premier League alone topped £200 million, and the figures for the last 12 months due to be released soon are likely to top that.
Instead, English football’s governing bodies want to move to a hybrid representation model under which only the player will the agent whilst, at the same time, capping the amount any agent can earn from a transfer to a fixed percentage.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.