- Gianni Infantino and Greg Clarke agree changes to transfer deals are required
- FIFA have written to Premier League to ‘seek clarification’ on the Paul Pogba deal
- Clarke does not think United should be demonised for make-up of Pogba’s move
- FA chairman would rather see more money filtering to other areas of the sport
Football chiefs claimed transfer deals need more transparency after Sportsmail’s revelations about Paul Pogba’s world-record move to Manchester United.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino and FA chairman Greg Clarke were on Thursday in agreement that a debate surrounding changes to the system is required.
Clarke did, however, suggest United should not be demonised for the make-up of Pogba’s switch, with Ed Woodward set for questions from club investors over their exorbitant spending on Tuesday.
FA chairman Greg Clarke wants change after Sportsmail’s revelations on Paul Pogba’s move
United are understood to be relaxed about their role in bringing Pogba to the club last summer
‘If that’s what Manchester United’s going to pay, that’s what they’re going to pay,’ Clarke told the BBC. ‘They are accountable to their owners; they’re accountable to their fans.
‘How much should we pay for players? How much should go to agents as a commercial transaction?
‘If football wants to change that and limit the amount of money that agents get we’re going to have to sit down as a game and talk about that.’
Mino Raiola will pocket £41.39million for brokering the Pogba transfer from Juventus. Clarke would rather see more money filtering to other areas of the sport.
The France international’s move to Old Trafford included an agent fee worth £41.39million
Sportsmail revealed Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola earned the huge figure for the transfer
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has written to Premier League to ‘seek clarification’ on the deal
‘What we want is some thought about how much money stays in the game so it can be invested in long-term productive things,’ he added.
Infantino, himself under-fire after the release of two ethics officials this week, indicated that FIFA would be open to the idea of transfer reform.
FIFA have written to the Premier League to ‘seek clarification’ on the Pogba deal, with United understood to be relaxed about their role.
‘We have to look at transfer regulations, and everything that has to do with transfers, and increase transparency there as well – to discuss it with the players and with the clubs, to see how we can make all these transactions better,’ Infantino said.
‘In the transfer window there is $3bn circulating around the world. It’s a lot of money and we have to be transparent about these things.’