Are the ‘Super’ Agents ruling the Transfer Market? It’s been a few crazy seasons and the transfers scenes are changing season after season, but the landscape just seems a lot bigger today. There was a time when the player’s interest alone seemed to be enough but today, it seems you need to convince the agent first before the player. Yes! You heard it right. The agent seems to be the only person who can decide a player’s future than the player himself and we don’t need a bigger example than Paul Pogba.
Are the ‘Super’ Agents ruling the Transfer Market?
Four years back, convinced by his agent Raiola, Pogba joined for free from Manchester United. Now, Raiola is convinced that Manchester United is the best move for Pogba, costing the Red Devils a 100 Million Pounds plus a few add-ons. This includes Raiola’s alleged 20 Million Negotiation fee as well. What was interesting to note here is, Pogba wanted to join Real Madrid but Raiola is convincing Pogba that United would be the best move for him for the next few years. This came at a time when Juventus are not even ready to sell the player, there was an impending transfer and a future transfer predicted by Raiola. Pogba ending up in Real Madrid after a few years may or may not happen but his agent has surely given every Media and Newspapers outlets to run a story for the nest few years, Maybe predicting the inevitable years ahead.
Pogba ending up in Real Madrid after a few years may or may not happen but his agent has surely given every Media and Newspaper outlets to run a story for the nest few years, predicting the inevitable years ahead.
Case in point, Sir Alex Ferguson once said when United still had Pogba, “the deal was over even before it started due to Raiola’s attitude.” The same agent today has brokered almost all of Manchester United’s signing’s this season. Spare a thought for Jorge Mendes here, the other Super agent instrumental in bringing Chelsea’s favourite Son, Jose Mourinho to the big leagues in Europe and to Manchester United as well. That’s a kick in the shin maybe for every Chelsea fan to see their most successful manager as the manager for one of their Arch-rivals.
About a decade back, player’s agents have always been there but we still do not know if they held the power they have today. Hopefully, everyone still remembers Falcao’s tweet about finally joining Real Madrid only to delete it a few minutes later. His agent had other ideas, Falcao, unfortunately, has not been the same again. Not that Mendes had to do anything with his injury and everything, but maybe bringing Falcao to the high paced English League when returning from injury didn’t do his confidence any favours. Renato Sanches in the meantime has become an expensive or even an over expensive teenager to head out to Bayern Munich.
Two Super agents controlling the majority of the transfer market today! You just wonder what David Beckham would worth today. A marketing Icon and a gifted Midfielder, Real Madrid might have been happy he was not born fifteen years later. All in all, It just seems that currently if a club has any hopes of signing a player, they might start tapping the agent first before even thinking of approaching the player. If Manchester United or City or any of the ‘Traditional Top Clubs’ win trophies this year, you always have to wonder if it was the club’s vision or an agent’s commission which won at the end of the day.