Arsenal show agents the money

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Arsenal have confirmed that they spent nearly £12 million paying agents and intermediaries in the period October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.

The exact figure £11,928,584 represents a £7,635,177 increase on last year’s outlay of £4,293,407 and sees the Gunners move from 8th to 4th in the Premier League agent expenditure list.

Liverpool topped the table for the second year running spending in excess of £14.3 million. In total Premier League clubs paid nearly £130 million to agents covering:

    • 172 inbound transfers and loans in the Premier League
    • 542 new or updated contracts (includes scholars getting first professional contracts) in the Premier League
    • 573 outbound transfers and loans in the Premier League

Arsenal signings (01.10.14 – 30.09.15): Petr Cech, Gabriel, Krystien Bielik, Yassin Fortune, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Ismael Bennacer, Vlad Dragomir and Donyell Malen.

Outbound players: Lukas Podolski, Ryo Miyaichi, Semi Ajayi, Abou Diaby.

Contract extensions: Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla, Chuba Akpom, Francis Coquelin, Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky + various youth level contracts.

If anybody knows any talented young footballers feel free to get in contact with Arseblog News…we’ve no idea what it takes to be an agent but our fees are very reasonable and we’ll happily invite you to our Monaco-moored yacht next summer.

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Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Why don’t players get all the money and pay their own agents ?

David C
David C

agents, not unlike unions, started to protect player’s/worker’s interests. Initially they were used to protect ‘dumb’ athletes from being taken by greedy owners, however, now more than ever it seems as though the scale is tipped in favour of the athletes. You could definitely argue otherwise when looking at team revenues of Man U and other big clubs, but I digress.

I’m from Canada so I’m always referencing North American sports. Take hockey for example, player’s salaries and owner’s profits are actually tied down to a ratio/percentage of total revenue (players and owners each get 50%). Part of the player’s cheques automatically go into a separate savings each year in case revenue is down and they have to pay back some of their salaries. It creates an environment where player and owner are in greedy collusion to make sure to market the game as best as possible in order for everyone to profit.

Players are drafted by teams when they hit a certain age and unable to do a ‘Bosman’ until they’ve played a certain amount of years for that team (usually around 26-27 years of age). Teams have way more control here when compared to Football, where it seems anyone can leave a team once they’ve made up their mind.

I’m not judging one system over another; just trying to educate. Maybe I’m naive, but my solution is simple: use the player unions. Players pay their unions for all sorts of things (ex. pensions, collective bargaining, etc.). Why don’t they just have union representation when negotiating contracts instead of third party agents that have crept into all sports?

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

i think you answered your own question at the start of your post – players have more than enough power in the modern game so there’s no real need for collective representation, as the exploitation is being done by the clubs/players/TV rights holders – to the fans. If anybody needs a union, it’s us…

David C
David C

too right!!!

Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix

I’ve heard good things about a Mr H. McCringleberry. Call me.

Gooneron
Gooneron

Might he by any chance be injury prone?

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

That last sentence sounds kind of creepy…

Easy tiger
Easy tiger

Well if we pay artetas agent for nothing, than this make sence…

IamaGoober
IamaGoober

Basically we are on of the clubs getting totally mugged off in the transfer market….. that does not surprised me in the slightest.

Scott P
Scott P

“One of the clubs getting totally mugged off in the transfer market” = every club in the transfer market these days

arabmoney
arabmoney

Another reason for us to use homegrown players. This is why we have a Coq of our own now. Never forget that.

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

Because home grown players dont have agents……

andi
andi

12 mill baff, on fm iv racked up over 30 mill in 12 months….

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

On what about you are?

Paul
Paul

I hope Vlad Dragomir is a DM he sounds fucking scary!!

bdotm
bdotm

Oh well…..fourth position again

Alright Mate
Alright Mate

We just have to spend a few more million on agents then the league is ours!

Kris
Kris

In all seriousness, I would really like to understand the reasoning behind the very substantial increase. In practice our only major signings have been Cech and Gabriel, costing in total less than Alexis the season before, whilst our only disposal of significance was Podolski for a modest fee. Although it absolutely wouldn’t shock me to find out agents were taking huge sums as a result of contract extensions, I hadn’t previously noticed a huge correlation between the two. I guess we’ll never find out, but it would be nice if a bit more of the ire in football was directed at people who, in my opinion, do nothing but pollute and corrupt the game.

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon

Wenger: I missed out on Kingsley Coman .

Yeah because you was busy tapping up WC Sanogo?

Gandalf
Gandalf

Basically, football is fucked.

Stephen Reimer
Stephen Reimer

Agents fees should be paid by those they are representing just like lawyers etc. They then become more accountable to their client as far as performance goes. They are an unnecessary cost in today’s football but the cost should be born by these overpaid sportsman. If players want to manufacture to leave then let them pay up the remainder of their contract then their agents can negotiate which includes a notice period so the present club don’t end up with nothing. There could be a rolling contract with a year or two year’s notice