The English and German soccer transfer windows are now open so today i want to talk about what really goes on when a player moves to another team. This may also apply to other sports like basketball and baseball.
A transfer is when a club pays a sum of money to another team for a player ordinarily under contract for that player to begin to feature for that club. A transfer can also involve a player swap with another player like what happened when Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal for Manchester United with Henrich Mkhitaryan heading the opposite direction. The first contact between the clubs involves a formal approach from a clue representative to the player of interest usually through the player’s agent. The player’s club either declines or approves the interest. If the interest is accepted the clubs can begin negotiating a fee for the player. There have been cases where clubs have declined approaches but the interested clubs have continued with approaches prompting complaints to FIFA,UEFA and English FA.
Once the fee is agreed the interested club goes ahead and negotiates personal terms with the player. This includes salary,perks such as transport and housing. If personal terms are agreed this paves way for a medical examination to ensue. This is done by interested clubs medical team,if player passes he or she proceeds to sign the contract as agreed. Oh,the player agents get a chunk of the fee too lucky bastards. Now,in the mid 1990s a controversial court case caused waves if excitement across the world regarding these transfers. This occured in Belgium. Jean-Marc Bosman had a contract which was expiring in a matter of months with RRC Lierge and had agreed to join a club in France upon expiry. When the contract with Lierge expired the French club refused to pay a transfer fee to Lierge sighting expiry of Bowman’s contract as the basis. Lierge in turn refused to grant Bosman a transfer certificate prompting Bosman to approach the court of abitration for sport. Bosman’s career was in limbo for quite some time. In 1995 the court ruled that any player whose contract expires is free to join any club of his or her choice as a free agent without recourse to the previous team. Thus the Bosman ruling / transfer was born,the benchmark of all free transfers thereafter.
Hope you enjoyed the blog and please share and follow.