Owners, directors, and managers of football clubs often complain about the increasing role that agents play in transfers.
Even young players have agents these days and with the money in football growing, the influence of agents is unlikely to wane anytime soon.
Ajax director Marc Overmars has now discussed the issue of agents’ increasing role in football and claimed that the football world is getting crazier.
Overmars gave the example of Davinson Sanchez’s move to Spurs to explain how clubs sometimes have to deal with multiple agents in order to finalise one transfer.
Sanchez completed his move from Ajax to Spurs in the summer of 2017 for a fee of around of £42m, a transfer record fee for Spurs at the time (the Guardian).
The Ajax director revealed that there were as many as 7 agents involved in the deal which saw the defender move to North London.
“(Davinson Sánchez), for example. Before his move (to Tottenham) we were in Edwin van der Sar’s office with six agents: two from Italy, two from Argentina, one from Uruguay and two from England.
“In fact, there were seven. What do I think? That’s going to cost money. The interests are getting bigger.
“For agents, players, family. Some transfers take months. Then I think: why does that have to take so long? is also a bit of my style: don’t think too much, but do it.”
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This shows how complicated big money transfers are due to the high number of stakeholders. Fans who criticize Daniel Levy taking too long in negotiating deals will do well to understand that many things have to come together for a deal to come off. This is why getting deals done early in the window is quite difficult unless the club is willing to pay over the odds for a player.
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