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Rule Changes - The Transfers

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Whilst the Neymar transfer fee is crazy, there is something to be said for the logic of allowing a player to move for an agreed sum once a fee has been met (if the player wants to).. but rather than (somewhat) arbitrary buy-out fees, I reckon the fee should be set at a value that accurately reflects the players value to the football club. This is best measured by looking at wages. 

 

So, I'd propose that a player's buy-out fee could be triggered by a preset multiple (let's say x 2 or x 3) of the remaining cost of his contract. 

 

i.e. Phil signed a new contract worth a rumoured an approximate £8mil in wages per year for the next 5 years. That means we currently stand to pay out £40 million to him. I don't think there'd be anything unreasonable about valuing him at say £80 mil (x 2 ) this summer. Next year his cost to us over the contract would be £32 mil and so his buyout could be £64 million. 

 

The potential downside would be that older players (29+) who are probably on larger wages might be less attractive for teams to buy, but that's up to the agents etc to time their contracts right and I'm sure there's an easy enough work around such as reducing the multiple to say 1.5 of the remaining contract value after a certain age - I think in some American sports once a certain tenure is reached there is more freedom on what can be paid etc.. 

 

Anyway - it'd have the instant benefit of putting an actual price on every player and once that price is met a player can move if he wishes to... 

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Something certainly has to give at some point. A couple of things I would like to see change is that there should be a limit on how many players a club can register - this is separate from the 25 man squad rules that are in force at the moment. Effectively this would mean that once a player turns 21 they are classed as a senior player. The maximum number of such players is set - say 30. Loaning a player out does not reduce this number as the player is still owned by the club, but loaning a player in does increase your clubs number. I would also like to see a limit on loaning players out/in.

 

Players out on loan for the upcoming season

Chelsea 25

Man City 10

Liverpool 3

Arsenal 2

Man Utd 1

Tottenham - not sure

 

I think this could lower transfer prices - say for example if 20 of those players that Chelsea have out on loan were not bought by them, they would have been back on the market and available to other clubs, the scarcity of resources drives up the price, stopping clubs stockpiling players can make decent players less scarce so to speak. If wont stop anyone bidding mad money though for a specific player. Clubs are obviously running rings around FFP but I can't see how you can play the system if it's based on a set number of players based on date of birth.

Edited by DPD1973

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It would also need strict(er) enforcement of the parent club buying up other clubs rules - a few teams in Belgium have been bought in such a manner, Ajax have a South African element not to mention red bulls interest in Austria and Leipzig. Football is horribly corrupt even to the casual viewer.

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The logical buyout clause related to wages or contract remaining is great idea I think. I'd thought about relating it to wages just the other day.

 

As someone mentioned elsewhere, if something like this were in place, we'd have VVD and Kieta, and Phil would be at Barca, all sorted by start of season and we move on.

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No one should be able to have a stake in more than one club

Man City are buying a stake in Girona which will be the 6th club they own

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Should not be allowed to happen, turns Girona into a laughing stock too. They may already be a laughing stock but you get the idea.

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