FC Astana
2:00 PM UTC
Leg 1
Game Details
AS Monaco
6:30 PM UTC
Leg 1
Game Details
Real Madrid
Paris Saint-Germain
11:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Bayern Munich
AC Milan
1:00 AM UTC Jul 28, 2016
Game Details
3:00 AM UTC Jul 28, 2016
Game Details
Swindon Town
Swansea City
6:45 PM UTC
Game Details
Ottawa Fury FC
Carolina RailHawks
11:00 PM UTC
Game Details
FC Edmonton
New York Cosmos
1:00 AM UTC Jul 28, 2016
Game Details
Rayo OKC
Tampa Bay Rowdies
1:00 AM UTC Jul 28, 2016
Game Details
Atlético Nacional
Independiente del Valle
12:45 AM UTC Jul 28, 2016
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Agent payments worry Ivan Gazidis

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has questioned the influence of agents in transfer deals and the amount of money they are taking from the game.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis.
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

Mangan: Per-fect day

Research compiled by the European Clubs' Association (ECA) found that 14.6 percent of all money paid in transfers ended up in the pockets of agents. And Gazidis also raised concerns about a conflict of interest when an agent might be representing more than one party in a transfer deal.

Gazidis told a press conference following the ECA's general assembly: "Clearly there is a lot of money going to agents in these transfer transactions but I don't think we the clubs can abrogate responsibility -- we are part of the problem as we are the ones agreeing to pay these amounts of money.

"There are unusual pressures in the system which lead to agents having significant leverage. Players should be making more money and that money not going to agents.

"If I were a player or players' union that would be a really substantial concern to me because it means my clients as a union and me as a player are losing money.

"More invidious are conflicts of interest that often exist in these transactions with agents, and that's something that clubs and players should be concerned about."

The ECA study also found many clubs are not paying the required five percent compensation for training players between the ages of 12 and 23 -- with total payment of almost $200 million outstanding. Clubs in Africa and South America, unaware they could be due money, have missed out most.


Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.