Football agents ask Fifa to rethink cap

Football agents have told Fifa they do not want an income cap but would welcome more regulation as part of new transfer proposals.

More than 120 agents met Fifa, Uefa and Football Association officials last week to discuss plans to address Fifa’s concerns about money “flowing out of the football industry”.

“If everyone in football was capped, it would make sense,” said Mike Miller of the Association of Football Agents.

“Why pick on one group?”

Miller added: “Unless it is for football infrastructure or development, all money is going out of the game, including a manager’s salary or to shareholders of a football club.”

Premier League clubs paid agents £211m in the past year, an increase of £37m.

Fifa has set up a taskforce, which met on Monday to discuss new proposals, after president Gianni Infantino said he was “very concerned about the huge amount of money that is flowing out of the football industry”.

It follows claims that Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola is reported to have earned £23m from the French midfielder’s £89m move from Juventus to Manchester United in 2016.

There have been discussions about limiting an agent’s fee to 3%, with the current average 6.7%, and even limiting the number of transactions a club can sanction in the January transfer window.

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