JOHN CROSS: The Premier League was ready to act in the summer transfer window after 18 months of the global pandemic, but the top division players struggled to get players out of the “middle market”.
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Agents and clubs have a common complaint in the transfer market this summer.
There is absolutely no movement in the “mid-market” when it comes to outsourcing and buying players, which has left a huge gap in deals.
Manchester City broke the Premier League record with £ 100m for Jack Grealish, Chelsea spent £ 97.5m on Romelu Lukaku and Arsenal are well on their way to spending £ 140m which is a big statement.
But the clubs are really struggling to sell players as most of the years most of the outcasts could be sold to Spain or Italy and yet there is very little money even with some of the big clubs in La Liga or Serie A.
This is primarily the reason for the problem and can also be the reason that towards the end of the market there is more of a mad scramble for loans, swaps and smaller loans with the aim of buying.
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Arsenal is a classic example as Hector Bellerin, Willian, Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Ainsley Maitland-Niles are all available for a transfer but no movement.
They expected some offers for Alexandre Lacazette but there was nothing and now he will stay despite being in the final year of his contract.
An agent said they had never known such a slow market, Premier League clubs were ready to get involved, they felt the shackles were released after the financially painful 18 months of the pandemic … buyers abroad.
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There has been a lot of discussion about Declan Rice’s future at West Ham.
The 22 year old Rice already has a good contract, has four years left (including a 12 month option) and the club has made him an offer to become the highest earner in order to increase his development and his status as one of the best and most popular Recognize England’s players.
Rice is clearly in no hurry, has a deep affection for the club and is very happy and dedicated at West Ham, but there may be another reason he hasn’t accepted this offer yet.
Rice is in the process of moving agents, his affairs will likely be taken care of by family members in the future, and there would be no point in getting a new contract until it’s fully resolved.
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One thing is certain. When the day comes Rice must leave, West Ham is determined that it will be done right. Aston Villa was a great example of handling the Jack Grealish transfer.
Grealish loves Villa, it was a heartbreaking decision, but they got a nice price tag from Manchester City – the £ 100m would be the kind of territory West Ham would look at now – and it was a dignified exit for a crowd-pleaser.
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HMRC targeted nine clubs, 93 players and 23 agents for $ 5.8 million last year.
The problem is often that players do not pay taxes on their brokerage fees because it is seen as a “benefit in kind” and has broken relationships. A good agent can be gold, but more and more players are using family members to run their business.
Auditing giant UHY Hacker Young received the information from HMRC and Elliott Buss, a partner in the firm, said, “HMRC sees the soccer industry as an area where there is a huge amount of unpaid taxes owed by high income earners.
“Although the capacity of HMRC expanded over the last year, they still saw a significant amount of unpaid taxes from the football industry totaling £ 55.6 million.”
The Premier League bosses wanted to introduce the new “purple zone” for stadiums from the beginning of this season, but had to put it on hold under medical supervision.
As Mirror Sport revealed this week, it will be reviewed again in October and should allow the return of pre and post game TV interviews in the tunnel instead of having to conduct them on the pitch, which the clubs are very strong against.
That should make it more comfortable for players, managers, and TV hosts, as many carry the brunt of the shouts, comments, and stick from fans across the country. One presenter treated some horrific, gross sexist remarks with very admirable dignity.