Is The Huge Agent Fee Holding Up The Anita Deal?


There is news coming out of Holland today that Vurnon Anita’s new agent Mino Raiola could be getting a fee of £1.5M for pushing through the deal for his new client Vurnon Anita to Newcastle, and while it”s good money if you can get it, maybe Newcastle are balking at his fee, which is large to say the least.

Mino Raiola – renowned Italian agent

If Anita is going for €8.5M, which is around £6.6M, then the agent’s fee is close to 24% and that’s simply ridiculously high. The job of football clubs is to sign on players for a good price and not to make their agents rich.

But agents have got into the football game big time over the last several years, and they are making money hand over fist with the transfer of their clients, but Newcastle is one club who have balked more than once at exorbitant fees being asked by agents.

Railoa only seemed to be hired by Anita a week or so ago, and he was renowned for pushing through deals quickly, so we thought that was good,  since that’s not what Newcastle are very good at.

The Italian agent one of the super agents (that means he makes super money), and is famous for doing all the deals for Swedish International Ibrahimovic over the last decade, to both Milan clubs and only recently when the Swedish striker joined mega rich PSG in the French league, which is a step down for playing in the Italian league,  as far as football standards go.

But if this news is correct the price of Anita goes from £6.6M to around £8.1M including Railoa’s fee for Newcastle, so that a big increase – a 24% increase overall.

Something seems to be holding up the Anita deal, and it could well be super fee being asked by his super agent.

What do you think?

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398 comments so far

  • G

    Aug 15, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Oh, I just mentioned that on the last thread. Your’e on fire Ed.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #2

    It could very well be but I doubt it

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #3

    I would think it has something to do with it, but who knows?

    Someone claimed that Anita has arrived in Newcastle? Has this been confirmed other than on Twitter?

    Amazingly, the fact it’s gone quiet actually makes me more confident something is happening, as that is they way the club likes to work.

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  • check the toastie

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Dont care who we pay as long as we get the lad. There was some info released last year were it proved we are prepared to pay agents decent fees, so it shouldnt stop the deal.

    Come on lets see this lad in Black and White, Saturday hopefully, will give everyone a lift, the club needs to continually improve or it will go backwards..

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  • Jammo Toon

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed is on fire today and the robbing Italian tw@t

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  • Jammo Toon

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #6

    No agent is worth that amount of money

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  • cupiddstunt

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Sorry posted on wrong thread it shold have been this one

    unless of course the parties involved expect nufc to pay all the fees, which to be perfectly honest I think if I were nufc I would be telling the folks involved that he is your agent you pay him, which in turn could well be holding proceedings up. 🙂

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  • stu.toon

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #8

    What exactly has the agent done? It was no secret we were after anita anyway, the clubs were already talking. This bloke has only been his agent for a short time and now expects a £1.5m payout….get me a job!

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #9

    is he mike ashley s brother looks alike

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  • rainrix

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #10

    No point b!tching about agent fee’s. Its been like this for ages and we’d do the exact same thing in their shoes.

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  • check the toastie

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Didnt realise Anita’s agent was Tony Soprano, just pay the man Derek before you sleep with the fishes……

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  • markmac

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #12

    im in the wrong job,i drive a skoda….

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  • cupiddstunt

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Excellent cars Mark.

    Well chosen one of the best value for money cars on the road and good drivers

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Check… 🙂

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  • stu.toon

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #15

    So how do u get into becoming an agent? Anyone know? I can’t see the difficulty in the job at all.

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  • mickhall4

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Got nothing to do with the agent!!

    It’s Anita himself not sure whether he will play first team football, his dad wants him over in Italy. His dad was his agent when Anita first started out and tried to force a move to Napoli when he was 21 however it didn’t go through as they couldn’t agree on a fee

    Anita being clever a trying to hold out for other offers, agent fee rarely holds up transfers

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  • cupiddstunt

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #18

    stu.toon @ # 15

    Apart from the understanding of legal jargon as in contracts both reading and forming them.

    Contacts and the ability to daeal at the big tables.

    And the little matter of licences.

    Outside of that nothing hard so best of luck

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  • Kyo

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Or it could just be the fact that Anita and Pardiola haven’t had a good chat yet. Last we heard, he was still in Holland.

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  • AMEOBI

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #20

    Guys, where’s best place for me to buy new home kit? Don’t fancy spending 63quid of the website haha without a name..

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  • stu.toon

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #21

    Thanks papiss

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #22

    I can see from the photo that he is indeed a huge agent.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #23

    What about a little Shearer Q&A while Anita signs his Newcastle contract? 🙂

    Here’s the first Q:

    How many times was Alan the club’s top scorer in his 10 seasons at Newcastle United?

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  • mickhall4

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #24

    @kyo

    Isn’t in Holland, apparently the taxi driver who posted yesterday was right. He arrived late last night and was at stadium for an hour.

    His father arrives today for tour of the city etc. still no sightings though and no info on where they are staying.

    As I’ve said though, no medical has been scheduled so that’s says everything is still not certain. If NUFC were certain about getting this guy signed the medical would of happened last night or early this morning

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #25

    According to thr lads on talksport last night where he’s going to play is a deciding factor although versatility is his biggest asset it pretty much has him starting intermittent games when he’s needed,apparently he eants assurances of first team football,which I suppose Pards csnt give.

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #26

    repost – Ed your too quick 🙂

    only 3 sleeps ill spursday – its better than christmas.
    Official Spursday procedure – Everyone attending the match must wear pink morphsuits and tutus, and sing dagenham and redbridge chants. that ought to put spurs off.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #27

    If he is faffing us about I would be ok with Mike getting him a return taxi and move on.

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #28

    ready guts, and a 1 and a 2 and a 3 and a
    dagenham dagenham dagenham
    dagenham dagenham … guys your’e not singing 🙁

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  • AshtreeKid

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #29

    cant see this one happening, I have a question though I presume we paid for his airfare etc. to get him over – if he doesn’t sign does he have to pay for his own ticket back?

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #30

    guys* please dont sing with your guts.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #31

    If it is first team regularity he wants the only condition will be to play better than anyone else in your position and don’t be injured. Easy peasy.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #32

    If A deal has Been agreed and it Just hangs on for Greedy Fat Agents then I would Walk away !!!!!!

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  • stu.toon

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #33

    I don’t see why this kid shouldn’t get first team football, we’re paying over £6m for him. If we wanted a bench warmer we’d not be paying that.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #34

    @Conaldo

    People are just borring today; you cannot even ge them to do a simple Q & A 😉

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  • AMEOBI

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #35

    Anyone know if the ones on ebay they sell brand new for 40quid are the officials? Wow man I aint paying 63quid for a shirt when they’re 40 ha

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  • cupiddstunt

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Tsunki @ # 27

    In a nut shell bud.

    If he is not too sure about signing for us then he is probably not for us.

    Nobody can expect to join a team on the up and have nailed on play time.

    If he is good enough then he need not worry

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  • mickhall4

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #37

    @AshtreeKid

    When a fee is agreed with a club for a player, they sign some sort of contract at that point. There’s something in that contract which makes Newcastle liable for players transport etc. so Newcastle basically cover all costs and that includes if he doesn’t sign.

    His dad is on a seperate flight with another family member apparently, so Newcastle will probably cover that cost as well even though they don’t have to

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Don’t see how pardew can’t garentee him first team football he would go straight into a 3 man midfield with cabaye n tiote

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #39

    Stick em all on the bus to tynemouth so they can get the ferry back if he don’t sign. They do offers.

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  • G

    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #40

    I think when it comes to agents in football, then the people above who quoted them as a fact of life, are correct, however, I used to love Bobby’s philosophy of agents, when he refused to deal with them, so the club had to employ an agent to deal with agents over transfers. I must confess, I hate to be in the same room as a parasite, and agents in my opionion, are parasites by and large.

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