How Uefa Plans to Rein In Transfers Like Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin is planning on implementing new measures in the transfer market that would aim to prevent the world's richest clubs signing the best players.

Ceferin, who was voted head of Uefa in September 2016, has been drawing up plans to address issues for almost a year, including a "luxury tax", agent fees and player ownership.

He plans to float these ideas at Uefa's annual Professional Strategy Council on Tuesday (January 23) to clubs and leagues across Europe, including Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore.

His predecessor Michel Platini saw plans to introduce a salary cap blocked by political leaders across Europe, but Ceferin believes he can persuade them to agree to a "luxury tax."

"I'm fed up of ­politicians saying, 'Do something for competitive balance', and then, when you speak to Brussels, they say, 'Ah, but everything is forbidden by the EU law,'" the Slovenian told The Daily Telegraph.

"We have some sporting measures that we can establish without politicians. We can do luxury tax, we can limit the loans, we can limit the number of registered players."

Aleksander Ceferin
Aleksander Ceferin at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, September 20, 2017. Ceferin wants to bring in new changes for transfers. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty

Ceferin says his number one priority in his presidency is to restore a "competitive balance" in European football, with a cap on wage bills aimed at addressing that. Clubs who exceed the bill would be fined, Ceferin says, and funds would either be distributed to rival clubs or go into "social responsibility programmes."

These ideas have been made public less than 24 hours after Manchester United announced the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, with a reported salary of between £450,000-a-week and £600,000-a-week. Manchester City pulled out of the race for Sanchez due to his wage demands.

Across the English Channel, many fans believe Paris Saint-Germain has made a mockery of the Financial Fair Play rules having signed Neymar Jr. for £199 million and Kylian Mbappe on loan with a view to buy for £167 million last summer. Ceferin refused to comment due to an ongoing investigation, but said: "If you buy a player or if you take him on loan with a condition to buy, it is buying. It is all the same."

Premier League club Chelsea is also likely to be affected by the planned changes due to the number of players the West London club has loaned out. According to the club's official website, there are 34 players registered to Chelsea currently loaned to other clubs, with Brazilian Kenedy believed to be close to a move to Newcastle until the end of the season.

Ceferin's other target is player agents. A report by Uefa this week found that in 32 cases out of 1,045 transfers that cost at least one million euros, between 2013 and 2016, intermediaries were paid greater than 50 percent and, in some cases, more than 100 percent.

Mino Raiola, the Dutch agent who represents players such as Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, is said to have been paid £41.39 million when Paul Pogba moved to Manchester United in 2016.

"We should have a cap, how much a club can pay [an agent]," Ceferin said. "If the player is ­stupid enough to pay by himself then we can't stop that."