Transfers of players between football clubs
The ability for football clubs to transfer players between them is an extremely important aspect of the game of football enabling the club signing the player to prosper in footballing terms and the club selling the player to prosper in monetary terms.
The autonomy of football clubs
The autonomy of football clubs in world football is also an extremely important aspect of the game. The clubs in the FA Premier League may only be able to sign players between two distinctive transfer windows but the decision on who they wish to sign remains their own.
There may be power struggles within football clubs in relation to the duties of the manager and who makes the final decisions to sign players but that final decision will always come from within the club and should not be affected by outside influence.
Bargaining between two football clubs
If a football club in the FA Premier League wishes to gain the services of a player who is under contract with another club in the Premier League they will have to make an offer for that player. If that offer is accepted by the club who holds that players registration then the buying club will be free to discuss personal terms with that player.
The current problems faced by the transfer market in the Premier League
Currently in the FA Premier League certain clubs, following overseas investment, have huge sums of money of which to spend on players. This means that they can effectively sign any player they wish as most clubs will be willing to accept vastly inflated sums for their players as many other clubs in the Premier League are struggling financially.
Is there any other effect that these super wealthy clubs bring with them?
One of the biggest effects that these super wealthy clubs have is they inflate prices that other clubs will have to pay for potential players. If for example a club with a smaller budget bids for a player offering a sum which the player’s club finds acceptable then they would be able to sign that player. However, due to the money with certain clubs as soon as that club bids for a player then the player’s club, knowing the wealth of the second club, will automatically up the asking price. If the original club wishes to try and outbid them they will be required to pay a hugely inflated price.
Is this fair?
This may not seem fair on the smaller clubs but unfortunately the club bidding for players in this manner is not illegal – however aggressively they go about it – so nothing can be done against that club. It is simply the natural progression of that amount of money coming into the game.
Have there been any situations where a club of this wealth has used its buying power in an illegal manner?
There have been recent claims emanating from one Premier League club that the buying power of a wealthier Premier League club was used to affect their transfer policy.
For more information on:
- What was the substance of this claim?
- What were the terms of this interest being withdrawn?
- Did the second club have any interest in this player?
- What happened in this case?
- Is there any substantiation in these claims?
- What has since happened in this matter?
- Has the Premier League taken any action?
- Was the second club wrong in its actions?
- Does this set a worrying precedent for football?