The football market has been complaining for years of a particular problem: the agent commissions. From the report Fifa on the transfers of the last decade, the commissions of prosecutors weighed the clubs a whopping $ 3.5 billion between 2011 and 2020 out of a total of $ 48.5 billion in transfers.
Looking at the beautiful country, theItaly in the last decade it has spent a good 5.6 billion dollars in shopping and grossed approximately 4.2 billion in disposals. And the agent commissions how much are they instead? Over $ 760 million. But to fully understand how big the problem of the Italian system is, we need to look at a more virtuous case like the one Spain. In fact, against 6.7 billion dollars in purchases and 6.2 billion in disposals, it paid a total of 264 million into the pockets of agents. One third compared to Italy.
However, even the increase in the number of transfers has its share in these enormous figures. In 2011 there were 11,890, in 2019 as many as 18,079, falling a little the following year for understandable “health” reasons given by the pandemic.
Returning to the huge earnings of the prosecutors, the Fifa points out that in 2011 the commissions had been of 131 million dollars, while in 2020 it reached almost 650 million. The real problem, therefore, is that many players now seem to be the property of the aforementioned agents, with the profits given by their commissions ending up outside the football system. The president of FIFA, Giovanni Infantino, had already denounced the problem in the past: the 2021-22 season, therefore, must be the one that will cut this “illegality”.
At the level of transfers, Brazil dominates the world scene with over 15 thousand contracts, recording the double of Argentina which stands at around 7,500. The British area, on the other hand, offers over 5,500 contracts, a little more than France which stops at 5 thousand. Not too well Italy, which stops in 19th place in the standings with just 1890 transfers for a total revenue value of over 1.27 billion.
But which are the clubs that “command” the market? In order: Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona, PSG, real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal And Juventus. These, summing up the data, make up 47% of transfers (about 22.8 billion dollars).