Gary Lineker calls for change to agent rules to stop clubs paying astronomical fees and avoid ‘conflicts of interest’

“Acting for two parties in a deal and often three parties (player, selling club and buying club) is wrong with an inevitable conflict of interest.”

Lineker then directly approached Fifa with a potential solution to avoid “conflicts of interest”.

“The answer: Fifa must introduce a rule where no one person can act or receive fees for more than one party in any deal,” Lineker said.

“Clubs should not pay a players agent, whether selling or buying. Player should negotiate his commission with his agent. All transparent and made public.

“This is a serious issue in the game. I know one deal was largely scuppered by the £30m demands from an agent for himself.

“This needs addressing: no agent should be able to act/receive money from any party other than his player. It’s so open to corruption as it is.”

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