Finance expert: Liverpool delighted 'Fifa investigating' after £11m Coutinho report
Liverpool will be delighted that “Fifa are investigating” measures to put a stop to exorbitant agent’s fees.
So says finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the governing body’s crackdown on third-party profiteering.
The Daily Mail‘s Nick Harris reported last Saturday (11 December) that Fifa are set to bring in radical new legislation to combat swelling agents’ fees.
Liverpool are understood to have paid an intermediary £10.64million to engineer the £142m sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January 2018.
That transfer is one 10 in recent years in which an agent has trousered a nine-figure sum as part of the deal.
Plumley insists Liverpool will be one of the biggest beneficiaries if Fifa do indeed introduce new laws to reverse the trend.
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“It would benefit the bigger clubs like Liverpool specifically,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“It would help everyone because, theoretically, everyone would have a reduction in costs that they pay for agents.
“However, the bigger clubs are more likely to buy superstars, and we know how much they cost. Those are the transfers that Fifa are investigating primarily.
“From a club point of view, if anything in that area brings your costs down a little bit, that’s a good thing.
“It’s those super agents and superstar players that you’re looking at in particular.”
Coutinho has endured a difficult time in Catalonia since his big-money move, featuring just 30 times over the past two seasons.
Liverpool meanwhile have won the Champions League and Premier League in his absence.