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I have an idea...
Member Name: Sparky101
Date: 18/11/00, updated on 18/11/00 (29 review reads)
Advantages: Transfer fees keep small clubs alive
Disadvantages: They are getting out of control
I've had an idea for a while now of how to get transfer fees back under control. Either the FA, UEFA, FIFA or probably all football associations should put some sort of panel in place consisting of former players who have not been out of the game too long. When two clubs agree on a transfer, this panel should then decide what the player is worth.
This will help prevent clubs holding other clubs to ransom for a player they really want and it should stop clubs from preventing players moving clubs by putting a ridiculous price tag on them. It should also help prevent clubs from getting into too much financial trouble by paying over the odds for players who really aren't worth it.
This system has it's flaws. For example if the FA have a panel and the Italian FA have a panel and Liverpool want to sign a player from Lazio say, who decides the price, the English FA or the Italian? I would suggest that the 2 panels get together and decide between them. Also clubs probably won't be able to agree on a transfer without knowing how much they will get for a player. Maybe the panel needs to decide on the player's value before the clubs agree.
I certainly think something needs to be done to get the transfer system under control. The complete abolition of transfer fees which I think the EU are trying to introduce is not the answer because it means more money for the players which then leaves the game. At least transfer fees keep the money in the game. It will also kill off lots of lower division clubs who survive by bringing on young players and then selling them to bigger clubs.
When you look at a transfer like Figo for £37.5m, to put it into perspective, I don't think most football clubs in the Premiership are worth that much. Something has to be done.