FIFA lowers ‘Raiola rate’

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In July 2023, The ultra commissions charged by superagents will end for signatures such as in Haaland or Mbappé. The familiar of players, powerful brokers of the 21st century, nor will they have the right to earn money in a transfer if they do not have a license. On that date, FIFA will apply new agent regulations that will be approved between June and September 2022. Then, the world of transfers will have a long -awaited turn for clubs.

Until now, and especially in recent years, clubs have found themselves with a row of commission agents increasing the value of transfers. To sign a player or sell him, they have to deal with an agent who is eager to make as much money as possible. But as well as with a father, a mother or a cousin who, without an official license, has also negotiated on their part. It’s always legal, but in a little over a year, the rules will change.

Informed sources of what the new regulations will be approved on FIFA Council between June and September 2022, they informed EFE about the changes. Starting July 2023, agents will still earn, but not as much.

The policies will require charging up to a maximum of ten percent of the transfer amount if the agent represents the selling club; up to three if he works for the player or for the buying club; and up to six if you work for both at once.

It is forbidden to represent three parties to avoid a “clear conflict of interest” as there are cases of agents representing the selling club, buyer and player at the same time. Ang FIFA, it will end. At most, an agent can represent both the player and the buying entity.

Termination of commissions to relatives

But the body led by Gianni Infantino will also lay hands on a third of the leg which in recent years has been relentlessly growing to the point of causing serious problems at many clubs. Many remember Neymar’s case and his signing for Barcelona where his father admitted he received up to 40 million euros in commissions from the Blaugrana club.

That will also end. Family members can only access the commissions if they are official agents after obtaining their licenses. And, for this reason, perhaps, this summer is the last where parents like Mbappé have a big weight in moving their children.

And, to close the circle, FIFA will follow the money trail. It will try to end payments to tax havens and tackle the problem with a “payment clearance project” where commissions go through a bank and in some places. In other words, if the agent resides in Italy or Spain, it will be paid exclusively at the place of residence.

End the superagent business?

In these measures, FIFA did not intend to kill super agents like Jonathan Barnett or Mendes. They earn very little. Big business, stratospheric figures for them, will come to an end. They will continue to earn less money with the new maximum legal percentage. As an example, how much did the agency representing Haaland earn from the Norwegian signing for the City and how much would it earn with the new regulations to be approved by FIFA?

As Marca announced this week, Haaland’s final signing amount reached 350 million euros. They are divided into different concepts: up to 85 million, for Borussia Dortmund; 200 million gross over five years equal to the salary for the player; 30 million for Haaland’s father in commissions; and another 50 for company representation.

The same operation in just one year could save Manchester City between 74 and 62 million euros. Of them, 30 are those who will not pay Haaland’s father, while the rest depend on the percentage to which the agents will be eligible: 10 per cent if he represents the seller of the club, three the player or the buyer and six if he works for two. simultaneously.

If agents decide to raise the termination clauses to have later access to a higher commission percentage, they will not be able to do so. The very high clauses, which are nearly 500 million euros, for example, are an abuse and there is already case law in the matter. That way, they won’t increase their income.

“I don’t think it’s the end of the superagents, but they are going to earn less money. That’s where the problem will come from. The rules are going to generate a serious legal conflict. These agents are going to sue in all possible courts, “they explained to Efe both sources.

It is possible, however, that those requests are not too far off. There were reports from the European Parliament and the Council of Europe that applauded FIFA’s intentions. The Regulation of Agents is welcome and it seems to be here to stay.

Recent years

Of course, between now and July 2023 a career will begin to squeeze in what will surely be the last year where agents and relatives will be able to access commissions without regulatory control. This summer, and the next winter market, will be the last with full freedom of movement.

The final regulations to be approved by the FIFA Council have already been distributed to all interest groups: they are in the possession of clubs, leagues and unions of players. They received all the necessary information prior to their final approval.

With all the cards on the table, agents will scramble to complete their latest big deals. Haaland’s is not the latter. Mbappé is close. And behind the French, there is more to come. Throughout the summer, receiving agents and relatives will dance. But, surely, this is the last time that will happen.

At FIFA they want to end a network of commissions capable of rewarding an agent who works a year, such as Haaland, worth close to 50 million euros. But, the clubs where the player trained (Bryne and Molde) in his youth, due to current FIFA regulations, will earn less.

“While people who invest years and years in helping the player become a professional take five or ten million, those who help him in a transition, in a year, take 50 million. It’s nonsense. The rule, a One of the The things it guarantees is the existence of fair distribution, and the agents, which are very important within the system, charge reasonably. “

The new regulation will guarantee rules and standards that everyone knows. Signatures such as those of Haaland or Neymar, which are blocked by relatives or representatives, are limited. They will be cleaner, clearer. The clubs will breathe a sigh of relief and the agents will start a war whose end seems predictable: goodbye to super commissions.

Source: La Verdad

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