Berlin (dpa) – Players advisor Volker Struth sees the clubs and not his industry as the main responsible for the rapidly increasing transfer fees in professional football.
“We have nothing to do with that. And neither are the players. Those are the clubs among themselves,” said the 54-year-old in the latest edition of the podcast “Simply lop” by Toni and Felix Kroos. A tendency developed: “I find it even more dangerous than putting 150 to 200 million on the table for a superstar”.
Mega transfers such as that of the Brazilian Neymar in 2017 for 222 million euros from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain – also because of the consequences of the Corona crisis – are not expected “in the coming years”. Neymar was an “exceptional transfer”.
He does not think the sum is objectionable. One has to consider who funded it. “It was paid for by an investor from a club who said, I have so much money in my account, I like seeing Neymar walking around down there,” said Struth. “He doesn’t take money from anyone.”
In the course of the discussions about the excesses in professional football – also reinforced by the corona pandemic – the high transfer fees and the role of player advisers were also addressed. Struth and his company Sports Total are considered one of the heavyweights on the scene. In addition to Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos and his brother Felix from Eintracht Braunschweig, his clients include national players Marco Reus, Niklas Süle and Luca Waldschmidt and coach Julian Nagelsmann.