Kieran Maguire rubbishes 'evil agents' claim after £238m Man United reveal
Man United have not been held to ransom by intermediaries despite consistently being among the highest spenders on agents in the Premier League
That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about FIFA’s attempts to limit agent power.
The latest figures from CIES Football Observatory estimate that United have overspent on transfers by £238m since July 2012, the highest total in world football.
According to the FA’s official figures, only Chelsea spent more than the £29m the Red Devils shelled out to agents in 2021-22.
Those figures are in step with the trend throughout now-former vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s reign, in which United repeatedly spent tens of millions on agents with almost no silverware to show for it.
The Daily Mail reported last Friday (28 October) that FIFA are no closer to introducing new regulations outlined last year which will limit agents to three per cent commission on a player’s annual wages and 10 per cent on transfer fees.
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But Maguire claims that United will be unconcerned about their outgoings when it comes to intermediaries, and FIFA are likely to struggle to get the legislation passed in any case.
“FIFA’s attempts to push through a cap under the populist banner that agents are evil were always likely to result in some form of backlash,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“Given that agents are A) organised and B) used to dealing with people from other professions such as legal teams, some form of appeal was always going to arise.
“It is therefore no surprise that FIFA are struggling to get this particular cap through. There doesn’t appear to be a huge desire from clubs.
“We have to be cautious with the view that United have been held to ransom.
“Talking to people in the game, they always take the view that, if an agent is professional, they are quite happy to pay the fees because it is in the interests of all parties to do so.“
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