Fifa moves to re­strict agent fees and over­seas loan deals

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By Tom Mor­gan

A cap on agents’ fees and new lim­its on in­ter­na­tional loan deals are close to be­ing launched by Fifa as part of long-awaited ef­forts to reg­u­late the trans­fer mar­ket.

The re­stric­tion on in­ter­na­tional loans is specif­i­cally tar­get­ing Europe’s big­gest clubs to “pre­vent player hoard­ing and en­sure that loans have a valid sport­ing pur­pose for youth de­vel­op­ment”.

In a sep­a­rate ef­fort to loosen the grip of so-called “su­per agents”, Fifa has agreed they should re­ceive a max­i­mum pay­ment of 10 per cent from any trans­fer fee.

The Premier League paid out more than £260mil­lion to agents last sea­son, an in­crease of £49mil­lion on the pre­vi­ous 12 months.

The Premier League is ex­plor­ing a num­ber of op­tions to make deal­ings more ac­count­able, in­clud­ing a po­ten­tial ban on “dual rep­re­sen­ta­tion”, which en­ables play­ers to pay a lower rate to agents, who then top up their prof­its by send­ing in­voices di­rect to clubs.

The new Fifa rec­om­men­da­tions from the foot­ball stake­hold­ers com­mit­tee will go to the Fifa coun­cil meet­ing on Oct 24.

It is likely to see play­ers aged 22 and over limited to eight in­ter­na­tional loans in and out.

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