While in Portugal, agent Jonathan Barnett doubts that the summer will become scorching after Haaland’s recent supersale at City.
Two years of pandemic have come and gone to shrink the transfer market. The drop in income has been significant and, in the opinion of Jonathan Barnett, “president” of Stellar Group (an athlete agency), it is still too early to think that football has finally entered a phase of frank recovery. , while Manchester City recently agreed to sign striker Erling Haaland on payment of Dortmund’s €75m release clause.
Present at the opening in Portugal of a delegation of the multinational, the English businessman still doubts that Benfica can sell Darwin Núñez this summer for a value greater than 100 million euros, as the sports company of red. “They won’t get that, I think it’s difficult. Haaland was the best or one of the best. There will always be three or four big contracts, but the rest will be below that level. [de Haaland]. Benfica is a selling club and the problem is that everyone knows that Benfica is a selling club. That’s why it’s difficult, but they are doing very well in the market”, assessed the leader of Stellar Group, responsible for the careers of Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Saúl Ñíguez (Chelsea), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) and Jack Grealish (Manchester City), among other well-known players.
Although he did not predict new transfer records, Jonathan Barnett faces this summer with relative optimism. “I think it will still be difficult, but it will be a good market. Clubs will buy, there is money available, but they will be more cautious. Some may prefer to take a look at loans. But others Clubs want to get stronger,” he observed, certain that Portuguese players will continue to be among the most sought after. “If we look closely, Portuguese players are so well educated that they are one of the few to play in virtually all leagues, from German leagues to Italian, Spanish leagues, all over the world. Few countries have players capable of playing in any league. Portuguese players are fantastic because they adapt to any part of the world. And that shows the quality of training they have in Portuguese academies.” greeted the agent, not at all surprised by Benfica’s triumph in the last edition of the Youth League and the title won by FC Porto at the expense of several young players. “It’s a pity that there is no money to keep these youngsters in Portugal. To fulfill their dreams, they have to play in other leagues”, he analysed.
The 10% limit on commissions received by football agents stipulated by FIFA is “an illegality” for Barnett. “I think we will see each other in court. What they are presenting is illegal. FIFA has its own problems and they want to make managers a distraction,” he said.