The Italian Agent, Giovanni Branchini indicated today that despite efforts from him and his peers to be regulated on global basis, FIFA has chosen to ignore them.
In an interview with Gazzetta Dello Sport, Branchini touched upon the increasing spotlight upon Agents following high profile transfers and contract stand-offs. Branchini stated that “To regulate this industry, there needs to be constant control. Make no mistake, certain rules and a system that punishes violations, especially in terms of transparency”. Whilst individual Football Associations such as FIGC have taken steps to work with Agents to regulate the industry, there has been no global effort from FIFA.
Separately, Branchini also commented on the upcoming transfer window, impliedly expressing his dissatisfaction at the length of the transfer window when discussing the impending transfer of Douglas Costa from Bayern Munich to Juventus on a 12 month loan deal.
Branchini was used by Juventus as an intermediary in the talks that took place with the Bundesliga champions, and stated his optimism that the deal would be complete soon, whilst also hinting that the length of the transfer window had prolonged the deal. Branchini said, “This is the decisive week and I’m optimistic. We’ve been working for 45 days”.
Branchini is also the agent for Milan’s Matteo De Sciglio, and hinted that a move to Juventus would soon be on the cards. Branchini commented, “Allegri likes him. Juventus made an offer last year, however this year, not yet. Milan know our intentions”.
On the subject of Milan, Branchini commented that “James Rodriguez could be the one for Milan, but the rossoneri have taken Calhanoglu”.
Branchini also voiced his opinions on other impending transfers that might materialise before the end of the transfer window, particularly involving Inter, “If Inter sell Perisic and Joao Mario they can make two important signings.”