Manchester City have secured Erling Haaland for an apparent bargain by activating his €60 million (£51 million) release clause — far less than any club would have expected to pay on the open market for the Borussia Dortmund striker.
But the transfer that will bring Haaland to the Premier League this summer also includes a further €40 million (£34 million) payment that will be split between Rafaela Pimenta, who now runs the agency previously headed by the late Mino Raiola, and Alfie Haaland, Erling’s former-footballer father and City predecessor.
The younger Haaland’s impending move to the Etihad, though, could be one of the last major deals to see such exorbitant fees going to intermediaries or players’ family members.
According to draft documents seen by The Athletic, such transfers are set to be impacted by far tougher regulation from FIFA, world football’s governing body.
Legislative change has been in the wind for some time and the game’s most powerful agents have and will continue to argue strongly against it.
Nevertheless, despite the likelihood of legal challenges, ratification is expected as early as this summer, with the proposed changes set to be in place before the start of the 2023-24 season.
This summer, the FIFA council intends to approve new restrictions. These would include:
- A 10 per cent cap on what agents representing buying clubs and players being signed can receive from a transfer;
- Limitations on what those acting on behalf of selling clubs could also make from deals;
- A curb on the rewards to family members who are not licensed intermediaries;
- Establishing a clearing-house through which all transfer payments must pass.
Consider, say, a £51 million move.