Gary Lineker has launched an attack on football agents by calling on FIFA to instigate a major reform of the processes involved in transfers.
The summer window saw Premier League clubs spend a collective total of over £1billion on new signings, with a significant portion of that figure due to intermediaries working on the deals.
Agents are entitled to commission on each transfer they handle, and often work for more than one of the parties involved – sometimes even all three (both clubs and the player).
They then receive a small percentage of each of their clients salary on a continuing basis, which is normally paid direct to them from the player's club.
Now Lineker has called for action to streamline and publicise the processes and payments to make the system more "transparent".
"This is a serious issue in the game," Lineker tweeted. "I know one deal was largely scuppered by the £30m demands from an agent for himself.
"This needs addressing: no agent should be able to act/ receive money from any party other than his player. It’s so open to corruption as it is.
"The answer: FIFA must introduce a rule where no one person can act or receive fees for more than one party in any deal.
"Clubs should not pay a players agent, whether selling or buying. Player should negotiate his commission with his agent. All transparent and made public."
Lineker went on to suggest younger players were being "used" and "manipulated" in negotiations.
"It’s so open to dodgy goings on," he ranted. "Tens of millions going to agents often means they’ll not necessarily act in their clients, and certainly not the games best interests.
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"How can you represent the player, the seller and the buyer fairly?"
The Match of the Day presenter said the current protocol "stinks" and claimed agents fees should be "banned between clubs", citing that clubs often had their own staff to deal with business at their end, i.e. a technical director.
He finished by saying: "Important to add that there are exceptions & good agents."
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