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Cinco fatos interessantes sobre a próxima rodada do campeonato inglês.

Premier League: 5 fatos sobre a próxima rodada

Cinco fatos interessantes sobre a próxima rodada do campeonato inglês.

Premier League looks into growing fees pocketed by agents

Premier League looks into growing fees pocketed by agents

The Premier League and the EFL have launched reviews into the regulation of football agents amid growing concerns over the rising amount of money that is being paid to intermediaries who represent players, Telegraph Sport understands. The EFL last month wrote to every club in the Championship, League One and League Two asking for observations on the changing relationship between clubs, players and agents following a major reworking of intermediary regulations in 2015. And Telegraph Sport understands that clubs are increasingly concerned that agents are pocketing an excessive amount of money from transfers or negotiations. There are also worries regarding potential conflict of interest issues with what is known as “dual representation”. This is a practice by which an agent can legally act on behalf of both the player and the club during a transaction. It is believed the Premier League’s review of the role of agents was initiated by the clubs themselves and includes an analysis of agent regulations in other sports. Jorge Mendes (right) is one of the game's 'super agents' Credit: GETTY IMAGES The reviews will be taken to the Football Association, which has been in control of governing agents since Fifa deregulated the industry in April 2015 in an attempt to increase transparency. The developments come after it was revealed that Alexis Sanchez’s agent would receive a payment of more than £10 million as part of the Chilean’s proposed move to Manchester United, and after the agent of Chelsea’s Ross Barkley reportedly received around £7m for his role in the midfielder’s transfer from Everton this month. The amount paid by English clubs to agents rose by almost 40 per cent to £220m between February 2016 and January 2017. In that period, the Premier League paid £174m to agents, up from £130m in the previous year. Championship clubs, meanwhile, paid £42.4m to agents, an increase of more than 60 per cent. It also comes just weeks after agent regulations were tightened in Italy, which had adopted a similar system to the one used in the UK following Fifa’s deregulation of the industry. Alexis Sanchez with his agent, Fernando Felicevich Credit: TWITTER: ALEXIS SANCHEZ Following an intervention by the Italian government, Italian agents must now, among other stipulations, pass a qualifying test in order to register. Family members must also pass the exams if they are to be involved in negotiations. As of April 2015, intermediaries in the UK have not been required to take any exams to become registered with the FA. Since then, the number of agents registered with the governing body has more than tripled. As of Wednesday this week, there are more than 1,800 FA-registered intermediaries, compared to 518 before the change in regulations. In the letter sent to all of its clubs, the EFL wrote: “There is a recognition players are entitled/need good representation to prevent exploitation by clubs. However, there has been a large increase in the number of individuals registered to act as an intermediary. “We are seeing an increase in wider relationships between clubs and intermediaries, outside traditional ownership/investment models, which could raise issues around conflict of interest. “Finally, payments to agents have continued to rise over the years, albeit it has to be put into context against rising wages/transfer spending.” How would Alexis Sanchez fit in at Manchester United? Clubs have until Friday to respond to the EFL’s letter with any comments or observations. It is understood the Premier League is further ahead in a similar consultation with top-flight teams. The move will be welcomed by agent bodies who have long claimed the deregulation of the industry opened the door to rogue, underqualified intermediaries. The measures taken in Italy to more tightly regulate agents are hoped by many to be a precursor for regulatory change in the UK. A spokesman for the Society of Football Intermediaries and Agents (SOFIA), which was formed last year with the purpose of promoting professionalism in the industry, said: “To hear that the EFL and Premier League are now reviewing and considering the effectiveness of the intermediary regulations is welcome news. “It is something that we, and indeed much of the agent industry, have lobbied for ever since the ill-conceived deregulation of 2015.” January 2018 transfer window The spokesman added: “The Italian government seems to have taken the view that intervention is required and laws have been passed to bring back a system comparable with that which existed pre-2015, in particular requiring agents - including family members of players - to have passed an exam. “That the situation has got so bad that it required legislative intervention speaks volumes but what we need here is not a knee-jerk reaction, but a proper regulatory system to be put in place that is in the overall best interests of all participants to the game.” An EFL spokesman said: “A presentation was made to all EFL clubs late last year, and clubs have subsequently been asked to provide any views on the scope of the current regulations introduced in 2015, whether enchanced regulation is required and also to provide any feedback on the relationship that currently exists between clubs, players and intermediaries.”

Premier League looks into growing fees pocketed by agents

Arsene Wenger: Losing Alexis Sanchez will be less hard felt than when Robin van Persie joined Man Utd

Alexis Sanchez trained with Arsenal’s youth team as Arsene Wenger predicted less of a fan backlash over his star striker’s transfer to Manchester United than when Robin van Persie made the same move to Old Trafford in 2012. Negotiations are nearing a conclusion on a swap deal that will make Sanchez the highest-paid player in Premier League history and will see Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the opposite direction from United to Arsenal. Wenger has previously claimed that Arsenal were equipped to avoid a repeat of the Van Persie scenario but, in a further sign that Sanchez's departure has now been accepted, he trained away from the first-team and with the club’s developmental squad on Thursday. “Our fans know Alexis will not extend - they have accepted that idea and the fact it will not be one-way traffic,” said Wenger. “It will be other-way traffic as well and that makes the whole thing a bit smoother, maybe a bit less disappointing. We lose a player, yes, but we could gain another player. I think one would replace the other.”  Arsenal will get Henrikh Mkhitaryan in exchange for Alexis Sanchez Credit: AFP Sanchez, who turns 30 next year, has agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract worth just under £27 million a year before tax on top of his £30m valuation, a £20m signing-on fee, and an agents’ fee worth more than £10m. Wenger believes that the first £1m-a-week player has even become a possibility. "You cannot rule anything out,” he said. “We arrive to a level where the money for players who are free is so big, and the transfers so big, that the players think, ‘It’s better I go to the end of my contract’. “We took Van Persie when he played in the reserve team at Feyenoord. We made a long work with him. When you get them there and, after they leave, that is the most painful.”

Premier League looks into growing fees pocketed by agents

Premier League looks into growing fees pocketed by agents

Liverpool reluctant to let Danny Ings leave with Daniel Sturridge on verge of Anfield exit

Premier League clubs hoping to tempt Liverpool to part with Danny Ings this month face disappointment as Daniel Sturridge's likely Anfield exit has repercussions for his team-mate. Ings is wanted by numerous managers, ready to give him the game time he has lacked since suffering two serious knee injuries. But with Sturridge negotiating his exit, Liverpool do not want to lose two back-up strikers. That means Ings is likely to remain at the club for the rest of the season. Liverpool are continuing talks with interested clubs for Sturridge, with a loan move to Inter Milan possible. The Merseysiders are prepared to allow their striker to leave for the right deal. Inter's proposition is currently more attractive than Sevilla, who have been told to improve their terms if they want the player. Liverpool are not prepared to pay any of the England international’s salary if he goes on a six-month loan. It must also be determined if his departure will include an arrangement making the move permanent at the end of this season. Sturridge’s exit would ensure Ings becomes the most senior deputy for Roberto Firmino, although youngster Dominic Solanke’s progress has also seen him promoted to the first-choice back-up so far in this campaign. Inter Milan and Sevilla want Daniel Sturridge Credit: GETTY IMAGES Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan has been assured he will not be sacked as a result of his conviction for assaulting his girlfriend. Liverpool issued a strongly-worded statement condemning the defender for his actions. He was sentenced on Wednesday with a 12-month community order. However, although he faces further internal action, the termination of his contract is not on the agenda. Flanagan’s current deal runs until the summer of 2019. Having spoken to manager Jurgen Klopp, the club is satisfied the 24 year-old has shown enough remorse and there will be no repeat of the incident. The full-back has played only once this season and must now try to rebuild his career. Before the recent circumstances he was hoping to go on loan. Under-18 manager Steven Gerrard is hoping he can call up Ben Woodburn for Liverpool’s FA Youth Cup tie with Arsenal this weekend, as the former captain returns to Anfield for the first time as a manager. Steven Gerrard is hoping he can call up Ben Woodburn Credit: REUTERS Gerrard was granted a request by the club to use the stadium for the visit of Arsenal for the fourth-round tie on Saturday. Now he would like another favour, this time from Klopp, regarding teenager Woodburn. “I haven't asked the question and no-one has mentioned it to me thus far so, at the moment, it's a no,” said Gerrard. “That might change in the next 24 hours.” Klopp must weigh up whether Woodburn will be needed for the first team squad as they travel to Swansea for Monday night’s Premier League game. Although the Wales international has not featured often recently, he has still been part of the senior set-up. One player Gerrard must do without is striker Rhian Brewster, the England youth international facing a lengthy spell in rehabilitation due to an ankle injury. “If Rhian had not been injured he would have been available for selection and that shows how the club is with the competition,” said Gerrard. “I don’t know the full extent (of his injury) but it is going to be a good while. I do not know the complete timescale. He needs further tests. He was in a good place, doing well for the U23s and U19s and flying internationally. This happens to every footballer. You have setbacks, you grow and you learn from them as much as the good things that happen to you. He will be missing it and realise what a good position he was in and desperate to get back. Hopefully he comes back hungry and into top form as soon as possible.”

Liverpool reluctant to let Danny Ings leave with Daniel Sturridge on verge of Anfield exit

Premier League clubs hoping to tempt Liverpool to part with Danny Ings this month face disappointment as Daniel Sturridge's likely Anfield exit has repercussions for his team-mate. Ings is wanted by numerous managers, ready to give him the game time he has lacked since suffering two serious knee injuries. But with Sturridge negotiating his exit, Liverpool do not want to lose two back-up strikers. That means Ings is likely to remain at the club for the rest of the season. Liverpool are continuing talks with interested clubs for Sturridge, with a loan move to Inter Milan possible. The Merseysiders are prepared to allow their striker to leave for the right deal. Inter's proposition is currently more attractive than Sevilla, who have been told to improve their terms if they want the player. Liverpool are not prepared to pay any of the England international’s salary if he goes on a six-month loan. It must also be determined if his departure will include an arrangement making the move permanent at the end of this season. Sturridge’s exit would ensure Ings becomes the most senior deputy for Roberto Firmino, although youngster Dominic Solanke’s progress has also seen him promoted to the first-choice back-up so far in this campaign. Inter Milan and Sevilla want Daniel Sturridge Credit: GETTY IMAGES Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan has been assured he will not be sacked as a result of his conviction for assaulting his girlfriend. Liverpool issued a strongly-worded statement condemning the defender for his actions. He was sentenced on Wednesday with a 12-month community order. However, although he faces further internal action, the termination of his contract is not on the agenda. Flanagan’s current deal runs until the summer of 2019. Having spoken to manager Jurgen Klopp, the club is satisfied the 24 year-old has shown enough remorse and there will be no repeat of the incident. The full-back has played only once this season and must now try to rebuild his career. Before the recent circumstances he was hoping to go on loan. Under-18 manager Steven Gerrard is hoping he can call up Ben Woodburn for Liverpool’s FA Youth Cup tie with Arsenal this weekend, as the former captain returns to Anfield for the first time as a manager. Steven Gerrard is hoping he can call up Ben Woodburn Credit: REUTERS Gerrard was granted a request by the club to use the stadium for the visit of Arsenal for the fourth-round tie on Saturday. Now he would like another favour, this time from Klopp, regarding teenager Woodburn. “I haven't asked the question and no-one has mentioned it to me thus far so, at the moment, it's a no,” said Gerrard. “That might change in the next 24 hours.” Klopp must weigh up whether Woodburn will be needed for the first team squad as they travel to Swansea for Monday night’s Premier League game. Although the Wales international has not featured often recently, he has still been part of the senior set-up. One player Gerrard must do without is striker Rhian Brewster, the England youth international facing a lengthy spell in rehabilitation due to an ankle injury. “If Rhian had not been injured he would have been available for selection and that shows how the club is with the competition,” said Gerrard. “I don’t know the full extent (of his injury) but it is going to be a good while. I do not know the complete timescale. He needs further tests. He was in a good place, doing well for the U23s and U19s and flying internationally. This happens to every footballer. You have setbacks, you grow and you learn from them as much as the good things that happen to you. He will be missing it and realise what a good position he was in and desperate to get back. Hopefully he comes back hungry and into top form as soon as possible.”

Premier League looks into growing fees pocketed by agents

The Premier League and the EFL have launched reviews into the regulation of football agents amid growing concerns over the rising amount of money that is being paid to intermediaries who represent players, Telegraph Sport understands. The EFL last month wrote to every club in the Championship, League One and League Two asking for observations on the changing relationship between clubs, players and agents following a major reworking of intermediary regulations in 2015. And Telegraph Sport understands that clubs are increasingly concerned that agents are pocketing an excessive amount of money from transfers or negotiations. There are also worries regarding potential conflict of interest issues with what is known as “dual representation”. This is a practice by which an agent can legally act on behalf of both the player and the club during a transaction. It is believed the Premier League’s review of the role of agents was initiated by the clubs themselves and includes an analysis of agent regulations in other sports. Jorge Mendes (right) is one of the game's 'super agents' Credit: GETTY IMAGES The reviews will be taken to the Football Association, which has been in control of governing agents since Fifa deregulated the industry in April 2015 in an attempt to increase transparency. The developments come after it was revealed that Alexis Sanchez’s agent would receive a payment of more than £10 million as part of the Chilean’s proposed move to Manchester United, and after the agent of Chelsea’s Ross Barkley reportedly received around £7m for his role in the midfielder’s transfer from Everton this month. The amount paid by English clubs to agents rose by almost 40 per cent to £220m between February 2016 and January 2017. In that period, the Premier League paid £174m to agents, up from £130m in the previous year. Championship clubs, meanwhile, paid £42.4m to agents, an increase of more than 60 per cent. It also comes just weeks after agent regulations were tightened in Italy, which had adopted a similar system to the one used in the UK following Fifa’s deregulation of the industry. Alexis Sanchez with his agent, Fernando Felicevich Credit: TWITTER: ALEXIS SANCHEZ Following an intervention by the Italian government, Italian agents must now, among other stipulations, pass a qualifying test in order to register. Family members must also pass the exams if they are to be involved in negotiations. As of April 2015, intermediaries in the UK have not been required to take any exams to become registered with the FA. Since then, the number of agents registered with the governing body has more than tripled. As of Wednesday this week, there are more than 1,800 FA-registered intermediaries, compared to 518 before the change in regulations. In the letter sent to all of its clubs, the EFL wrote: “There is a recognition players are entitled/need good representation to prevent exploitation by clubs. However, there has been a large increase in the number of individuals registered to act as an intermediary. “We are seeing an increase in wider relationships between clubs and intermediaries, outside traditional ownership/investment models, which could raise issues around conflict of interest. “Finally, payments to agents have continued to rise over the years, albeit it has to be put into context against rising wages/transfer spending.” How would Alexis Sanchez fit in at Manchester United? Clubs have until Friday to respond to the EFL’s letter with any comments or observations. It is understood the Premier League is further ahead in a similar consultation with top-flight teams. The move will be welcomed by agent bodies who have long claimed the deregulation of the industry opened the door to rogue, underqualified intermediaries. The measures taken in Italy to more tightly regulate agents are hoped by many to be a precursor for regulatory change in the UK. A spokesman for the Society of Football Intermediaries and Agents (SOFIA), which was formed last year with the purpose of promoting professionalism in the industry, said: “To hear that the EFL and Premier League are now reviewing and considering the effectiveness of the intermediary regulations is welcome news. “It is something that we, and indeed much of the agent industry, have lobbied for ever since the ill-conceived deregulation of 2015.” January 2018 transfer window The spokesman added: “The Italian government seems to have taken the view that intervention is required and laws have been passed to bring back a system comparable with that which existed pre-2015, in particular requiring agents - including family members of players - to have passed an exam. “That the situation has got so bad that it required legislative intervention speaks volumes but what we need here is not a knee-jerk reaction, but a proper regulatory system to be put in place that is in the overall best interests of all participants to the game.” An EFL spokesman said: “A presentation was made to all EFL clubs late last year, and clubs have subsequently been asked to provide any views on the scope of the current regulations introduced in 2015, whether enchanced regulation is required and also to provide any feedback on the relationship that currently exists between clubs, players and intermediaries.”

Liverpool reluctant to let Danny Ings leave with Daniel Sturridge on verge of Anfield exit

Premier League clubs hoping to tempt Liverpool to part with Danny Ings this month face disappointment as Daniel Sturridge's likely Anfield exit has repercussions for his team-mate. Ings is wanted by numerous managers, ready to give him the game time he has lacked since suffering two serious knee injuries. But with Sturridge negotiating his exit, Liverpool do not want to lose two back-up strikers. That means Ings is likely to remain at the club for the rest of the season. Liverpool are continuing talks with interested clubs for Sturridge, with a loan move to Inter Milan possible. The Merseysiders are prepared to allow their striker to leave for the right deal. Inter's proposition is currently more attractive than Sevilla, who have been told to improve their terms if they want the player. Liverpool are not prepared to pay any of the England international’s salary if he goes on a six-month loan. It must also be determined if his departure will include an arrangement making the move permanent at the end of this season. Sturridge’s exit would ensure Ings becomes the most senior deputy for Roberto Firmino, although youngster Dominic Solanke’s progress has also seen him promoted to the first-choice back-up so far in this campaign. Inter Milan and Sevilla want Daniel Sturridge Credit: GETTY IMAGES Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan has been assured he will not be sacked as a result of his conviction for assaulting his girlfriend. Liverpool issued a strongly-worded statement condemning the defender for his actions. He was sentenced on Wednesday with a 12-month community order. However, although he faces further internal action, the termination of his contract is not on the agenda. Flanagan’s current deal runs until the summer of 2019. Having spoken to manager Jurgen Klopp, the club is satisfied the 24 year-old has shown enough remorse and there will be no repeat of the incident. The full-back has played only once this season and must now try to rebuild his career. Before the recent circumstances he was hoping to go on loan. Under-18 manager Steven Gerrard is hoping he can call up Ben Woodburn for Liverpool’s FA Youth Cup tie with Arsenal this weekend, as the former captain returns to Anfield for the first time as a manager. Steven Gerrard is hoping he can call up Ben Woodburn Credit: REUTERS Gerrard was granted a request by the club to use the stadium for the visit of Arsenal for the fourth-round tie on Saturday. Now he would like another favour, this time from Klopp, regarding teenager Woodburn. “I haven't asked the question and no-one has mentioned it to me thus far so, at the moment, it's a no,” said Gerrard. “That might change in the next 24 hours.” Klopp must weigh up whether Woodburn will be needed for the first team squad as they travel to Swansea for Monday night’s Premier League game. Although the Wales international has not featured often recently, he has still been part of the senior set-up. One player Gerrard must do without is striker Rhian Brewster, the England youth international facing a lengthy spell in rehabilitation due to an ankle injury. “If Rhian had not been injured he would have been available for selection and that shows how the club is with the competition,” said Gerrard. “I don’t know the full extent (of his injury) but it is going to be a good while. I do not know the complete timescale. He needs further tests. He was in a good place, doing well for the U23s and U19s and flying internationally. This happens to every footballer. You have setbacks, you grow and you learn from them as much as the good things that happen to you. He will be missing it and realise what a good position he was in and desperate to get back. Hopefully he comes back hungry and into top form as soon as possible.”

Premier League looks into growing fees pocketed by agents

The Premier League and the EFL have launched reviews into the regulation of football agents amid growing concerns over the rising amount of money that is being paid to intermediaries who represent players, Telegraph Sport understands. The EFL last month wrote to every club in the Championship, League One and League Two asking for observations on the changing relationship between clubs, players and agents following a major reworking of intermediary regulations in 2015. And Telegraph Sport understands that clubs are increasingly concerned that agents are pocketing an excessive amount of money from transfers or negotiations. There are also worries regarding potential conflict of interest issues with what is known as “dual representation”. This is a practice by which an agent can legally act on behalf of both the player and the club during a transaction. It is believed the Premier League’s review of the role of agents was initiated by the clubs themselves and includes an analysis of agent regulations in other sports. Jorge Mendes (right) is one of the game's 'super agents' Credit: GETTY IMAGES The reviews will be taken to the Football Association, which has been in control of governing agents since Fifa deregulated the industry in April 2015 in an attempt to increase transparency. The developments come after it was revealed that Alexis Sanchez’s agent would receive a payment of more than £10 million as part of the Chilean’s proposed move to Manchester United, and after the agent of Chelsea’s Ross Barkley reportedly received around £7m for his role in the midfielder’s transfer from Everton this month. The amount paid by English clubs to agents rose by almost 40 per cent to £220m between February 2016 and January 2017. In that period, the Premier League paid £174m to agents, up from £130m in the previous year. Championship clubs, meanwhile, paid £42.4m to agents, an increase of more than 60 per cent. It also comes just weeks after agent regulations were tightened in Italy, which had adopted a similar system to the one used in the UK following Fifa’s deregulation of the industry. Alexis Sanchez with his agent, Fernando Felicevich Credit: TWITTER: ALEXIS SANCHEZ Following an intervention by the Italian government, Italian agents must now, among other stipulations, pass a qualifying test in order to register. Family members must also pass the exams if they are to be involved in negotiations. As of April 2015, intermediaries in the UK have not been required to take any exams to become registered with the FA. Since then, the number of agents registered with the governing body has more than tripled. As of Wednesday this week, there are more than 1,800 FA-registered intermediaries, compared to 518 before the change in regulations. In the letter sent to all of its clubs, the EFL wrote: “There is a recognition players are entitled/need good representation to prevent exploitation by clubs. However, there has been a large increase in the number of individuals registered to act as an intermediary. “We are seeing an increase in wider relationships between clubs and intermediaries, outside traditional ownership/investment models, which could raise issues around conflict of interest. “Finally, payments to agents have continued to rise over the years, albeit it has to be put into context against rising wages/transfer spending.” How would Alexis Sanchez fit in at Manchester United? Clubs have until Friday to respond to the EFL’s letter with any comments or observations. It is understood the Premier League is further ahead in a similar consultation with top-flight teams. The move will be welcomed by agent bodies who have long claimed the deregulation of the industry opened the door to rogue, underqualified intermediaries. The measures taken in Italy to more tightly regulate agents are hoped by many to be a precursor for regulatory change in the UK. A spokesman for the Society of Football Intermediaries and Agents (SOFIA), which was formed last year with the purpose of promoting professionalism in the industry, said: “To hear that the EFL and Premier League are now reviewing and considering the effectiveness of the intermediary regulations is welcome news. “It is something that we, and indeed much of the agent industry, have lobbied for ever since the ill-conceived deregulation of 2015.” January 2018 transfer window The spokesman added: “The Italian government seems to have taken the view that intervention is required and laws have been passed to bring back a system comparable with that which existed pre-2015, in particular requiring agents - including family members of players - to have passed an exam. “That the situation has got so bad that it required legislative intervention speaks volumes but what we need here is not a knee-jerk reaction, but a proper regulatory system to be put in place that is in the overall best interests of all participants to the game.” An EFL spokesman said: “A presentation was made to all EFL clubs late last year, and clubs have subsequently been asked to provide any views on the scope of the current regulations introduced in 2015, whether enchanced regulation is required and also to provide any feedback on the relationship that currently exists between clubs, players and intermediaries.”

Arsene Wenger: Losing Alexis Sanchez will be less hard felt than when Robin van Persie joined Man Utd

Alexis Sanchez trained with Arsenal’s youth team as Arsene Wenger predicted less of a fan backlash over his star striker’s transfer to Manchester United than when Robin van Persie made the same move to Old Trafford in 2012. Negotiations are nearing a conclusion on a swap deal that will make Sanchez the highest-paid player in Premier League history and will see Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the opposite direction from United to Arsenal. Wenger has previously claimed that Arsenal were equipped to avoid a repeat of the Van Persie scenario but, in a further sign that Sanchez's departure has now been accepted, he trained away from the first-team and with the club’s developmental squad on Thursday. “Our fans know Alexis will not extend - they have accepted that idea and the fact it will not be one-way traffic,” said Wenger. “It will be other-way traffic as well and that makes the whole thing a bit smoother, maybe a bit less disappointing. We lose a player, yes, but we could gain another player. I think one would replace the other.”  Arsenal will get Henrikh Mkhitaryan in exchange for Alexis Sanchez Credit: AFP Sanchez, who turns 30 next year, has agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract worth just under £27 million a year before tax on top of his £30m valuation, a £20m signing-on fee, and an agents’ fee worth more than £10m. Wenger believes that the first £1m-a-week player has even become a possibility. "You cannot rule anything out,” he said. “We arrive to a level where the money for players who are free is so big, and the transfers so big, that the players think, ‘It’s better I go to the end of my contract’. “We took Van Persie when he played in the reserve team at Feyenoord. We made a long work with him. When you get them there and, after they leave, that is the most painful.”

Premier League looks into growing fees pocketed by agents

Premier League: Wegen U18-Transfers: Chelsea droht Transfersperre von der FIFA

Dem FC Chelsea droht aufgrund mehrfacher illegaler Transfers von ausländischen Minderjährigen eine Transfersperre. Die FIFA untersucht aktuell Verpflichtungen der Blues von U18-Spielern aus dem Ausland und hat einem Bericht des Guardian zufolge bereits in 25 Fällen den erhärteten Verdacht, dass Chelsea gegen die international geltenden Transfer-Regularien verstoßen hat.

Chelsea make surprise Peter Crouch inquiry in bid to sign target man 

Chelsea have made inquiries about Stoke City striker Peter Crouch as they cast their net ever wider to find a back-up to the unreliable goalscoring of Alvaro Morata and his current understudy Michy Batshuayi over this transfer window. Crouch, who turns 37 this month, is one of a list of names the club had in mind for this January transfer window, including West Ham’s Andy Carroll, who was ruled out of action on Thursday with an ankle injury that could yet necessitate surgery and a four-month lay-off. The template of a proven Premier League goalscorer, with target-man qualities, is one which Chelsea have pursued in recent weeks, although any Crouch deal would present problems. January 2018 transfer window The former England international signed a one-year contract extension at Stoke in November, with an option for another year, and has returned to the first team amid their recent problems and Mark Hughes' sacking. Ideally Chelsea would like a loan until the end of the season, but even if Stoke were prepared to let Crouch go after seven years at the club, they would first need a replacement. Chelsea have cast their net ever wider to find a back-up to the unreliable goal scoring of Alvaro Morata  Credit:  Carl Recine /Reuters Their new manager, Paul Lambert, has traditionally played with a target-man style forward up front. Other options considered by Chelsea have been Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke and the Spanish forward Fernando Llorente, who decided to join Tottenham Hotspur over going to Stamford Bridge in the summer when he left Swansea. Llorente has been a disappointment at Spurs with just one Premier League goal so far. The short-termism of Chelsea’s thinking in this transfer window suggests that they do not want to commit to major changes now with Antonio Conte’s future unresolved. Crouch was a Chelsea fan as a child and was at Wembley for the 1994 FA Cup final, their first since 1970. A regular ballboy at Stamford Bridge in his childhood, he opted to sign schoolboy terms with Spurs eventually before breaking through as a professional at Queen’s Park Rangers. Quickest players to 100 Premier League goals Meanwhile, Chelsea have learned that the first phase of a Fifa investigation into the club cited 25 cases of boys under the age of 18 allegedly being signed from overseas, despite not meeting the permitted exemptions threshold. The governing body has a ban on the international transfer of minors, with a few exceptions, and could potentially sanction the club with a transfer embargo. Chelsea have been accused by the compliance unit of Fifa’s Transfer Matching System and its findings have been passed on to the disciplinary committee which may yet find there is no case to answer.  In particular, Fifa are understood to be looking at the case of Bertrand Traore, the Burkina Faso international, now 22 and at Lyon, who was photographed playing for Chelsea aged 16. The club has always maintained it had an agreement with the Premier League and the FA that allowed Traore to play as a trialist. They said: “Chelsea FC complies with all Fifa statutes and regulations when recruiting players.” Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have all been given transfer-window embargoes for breaking Fifa rules on the signing of minors.

Chelsea make surprise Peter Crouch inquiry in bid to sign target man 

Chelsea have made inquiries about Stoke City striker Peter Crouch as they cast their net ever wider to find a back-up to the unreliable goalscoring of Alvaro Morata and his current understudy Michy Batshuayi over this transfer window. Crouch, who turns 37 this month, is one of a list of names the club had in mind for this January transfer window, including West Ham’s Andy Carroll, who was ruled out of action on Thursday with an ankle injury that could yet necessitate surgery and a four-month lay-off. The template of a proven Premier League goalscorer, with target-man qualities, is one which Chelsea have pursued in recent weeks, although any Crouch deal would present problems. January 2018 transfer window The former England international signed a one-year contract extension at Stoke in November, with an option for another year, and has returned to the first team amid their recent problems and Mark Hughes' sacking. Ideally Chelsea would like a loan until the end of the season, but even if Stoke were prepared to let Crouch go after seven years at the club, they would first need a replacement. Chelsea have cast their net ever wider to find a back-up to the unreliable goal scoring of Alvaro Morata  Credit:  Carl Recine /Reuters Their new manager, Paul Lambert, has traditionally played with a target-man style forward up front. Other options considered by Chelsea have been Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke and the Spanish forward Fernando Llorente, who decided to join Tottenham Hotspur over going to Stamford Bridge in the summer when he left Swansea. Llorente has been a disappointment at Spurs with just one Premier League goal so far. The short-termism of Chelsea’s thinking in this transfer window suggests that they do not want to commit to major changes now with Antonio Conte’s future unresolved. Crouch was a Chelsea fan as a child and was at Wembley for the 1994 FA Cup final, their first since 1970. A regular ballboy at Stamford Bridge in his childhood, he opted to sign schoolboy terms with Spurs eventually before breaking through as a professional at Queen’s Park Rangers. Quickest players to 100 Premier League goals Meanwhile, Chelsea have learned that the first phase of a Fifa investigation into the club cited 25 cases of boys under the age of 18 allegedly being signed from overseas, despite not meeting the permitted exemptions threshold. The governing body has a ban on the international transfer of minors, with a few exceptions, and could potentially sanction the club with a transfer embargo. Chelsea have been accused by the compliance unit of Fifa’s Transfer Matching System and its findings have been passed on to the disciplinary committee which may yet find there is no case to answer.  In particular, Fifa are understood to be looking at the case of Bertrand Traore, the Burkina Faso international, now 22 and at Lyon, who was photographed playing for Chelsea aged 16. The club has always maintained it had an agreement with the Premier League and the FA that allowed Traore to play as a trialist. They said: “Chelsea FC complies with all Fifa statutes and regulations when recruiting players.” Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have all been given transfer-window embargoes for breaking Fifa rules on the signing of minors.

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