How has this situation come about? How are these licensed leeches getting away with it? I understand why footballers feel the need to employ agents. Football is big business these days and players need advice to negotiate the best contracts and the best terms.
But agents in other walks of life generally get by by receiving a percentage of the money earned by their clients. Actors agents, writers agents even estate agents. So how is it that clubs are paying them too? How has that come about? And why do they put up with it?
What seems to be happening is that the clubs are being contacted by agents who grease the wheels of transfers and facilitate them. This has the added attraction that clubs cannot then be accused of tapping up players contracted to other clubs. They talk to their agents instead. And it is in the interest of agents to tempt players with talk of riches on offer elsewhere so that they can get their nice juicy fees as part of the transfer. It's an invitation to corruption and it is taking millions out of the game.
The clubs could put a stop to this by simply refusing to pay these fees. Agents work for players. But of course that's never going to happen because they are all so desperate for success and to get the best available players that they will pay the price.
What a nasty, corrupt and meretricious world football really is if you scratch just a little beneath the surface.