Arsene Wenger calls for the January transfer window to be dropped because players who are not in favor are ‘giving up’, and believes that wage budgets should be limited to help struggling clubs after the corona virus crisis
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- He said he would support the abolition of the transfer window in January
- FIFA official alleged that players ‘give up’ by the end of the year
- Former Arsenal boss Wenger also wants a cap on club salary budgets
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Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes that the January transfer window should be abolished after proposing some major changes in the composition of football.
The Frenchman, who is now FIFA’s head of global development, claimed that by the end of the year some players tend to ‘give up’ knowing they could move to another club soon.
He shared his views on how the game could change in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, and reviewed some of the changes that could be made to help the struggling clubs survive.
Arsene Wenger has proposed changes to the game, including doing away with the January window
In his role as the governing body of world football, Wenger sits on the panel involved in the International Football Association Board’s assessment and decision-making process regarding changes in the law.
“I am in favor of abolishing the transfer window in January,” he said the mirror. “Managers don’t handle this second window well.”
“In October, as soon as a player stops playing, he will try to find a solution elsewhere and wait until January to leave,” Wenger said. “He’s not being mobilized anymore, he’s giving up.”
Meanwhile, football clubs around the world are trying to negotiate pay cuts or deferments with players to protect their finances during the current pandemic, and Wenger considers it prudent to introduce measures limiting the amount a club spends on wages.
Wenger said Arsenal’s salary budget during his time at the club was limited to protect finances
He said this method was used while at Arsenal to keep their finances at a stable level.
“I am in favor of limiting the part of a club’s budget dedicated to the players’ payroll. For example, at 50 percent.
“Half of the club’s budget is for players’ salaries; the other half is for equity and operating expenses.
“At Arsenal, this rule was imposed on us by the banks: we were not allowed to exceed part of our budget in player salaries. But it didn’t stop us from paying very high salaries. ‘
Another change that he said would be open was to ensure that all agents are licensed, a requirement that FIFA removed in 2015.
He said managers would like to work with agents when they bring them good players, but they want to end representatives who charged too much extra.
“I have no problem with the reward of an agent who earns me a lot,” he added.
“When Marc Roger and Jean-François Larios brought me Patrick Vieira to Arsenal in 1996, when he was about to sign with Ajax, I gladly paid them. But if I have to pay an agent because his player renews his contract, I’m not convinced he did that much.
“What bothers me about commissions is that an agent can receive them from both sides – the buying club and the selling club.
“It is illegal, but by creating two different frameworks they sometimes succeed. I advocate returning to agent licensing requirements. That was a good thing. ‘