Agent costs big part of Roma’s recent transfer dealings

The Giallorossi lead the way when it comes to clubs having to pay agents involved in transfers, with 2015 seeing a staggering increase in Italy

Stephan El Shaarawy Roma

In a recent examination of money spent on commission towards football agents from 2011 to 2015, the figures were staggering, especially for some of the clubs in Serie A.

Leading the way was Roma, with a whopping €52 million forked out due to 66 transfer acqusitions over the four-year period. This compared to Juventus at €34m, and Lazio at €15m.

The €52m spent is more or less the equivalent of Champions League qualification, however despite spending more than triple than their cross-town rivals, it does not always guarantee success.

Over this period, the club have won just the one Coppa Italia crown, while Juventus have lifted four Scudetti, one Coppa Italia and three Supercoppa Italian titles.

Three cases in which Roma certainly failed in their investments was in the signings of Dodo, Tin Jedvaj and young Serbian striker Nemanja Radonjic.

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The transfers saw the Giallorossi spend €1.5m, €1.6m and €3.1m in commissions, despite the trio of players all failing to shine in the Italian capital, resulting in them having moved on.

According to the latest Global Transfer Market report published via FIFA, there has been a rapid increase in commissions on foreign transfers, with Italy second only to England after seeing a whopping 89.4 percent increase with almost €60m handed to agents in 2015.

Adapted from an article in La Gazzetta dello Sport by Massimo Cecchini and Marco Iaria



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  1. - 7 months ago

    Dodo – Free Transfer; loaned for 1.2m; sold for 7.8m = +9m

    Jedvaj – purchased for 5m; loaned for 1m; sold for 7m = +3m

    12m with just these two. even with 6.1m in commissions we’ve made money.

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