As Jadon Sancho’s ˆ85 million transfer to Manchester United has shown, there’s always a demand for world-class talent, even in this financially ravaged climate.
Kevin De Bruyne and Joshua Kimmich have further demonstrated that star performers can, to a degree, operate outside the usual market mechanics. Both have decided to renegotiate their contracts at Manchester City and Bayern Munich by themselves respectively, without the help of agents.
Many clubs are trying to reduce their wage bill to offset their losses. With supply outstripping demand, many footballers are in a weak position, forced to rely on their agents to find them gainful employment.