United Being Used as Piñata By Agents to get Better Contracts


This embarrassing trend must really just stop. Time and time again, we have seen Manchester United lured into contract negotiations by agents of star players from various clubs, and used as leverage to re-negotiate contracts under the guise of ‘genuine’ interest of joining the Old Trafford outfit. United in the past, have been assured that they could tempt away Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, Cesc Fàbregas from Barcelona, Thomas Müller from Bayern Munich, Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund, and now more recently, Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid.

In every similar situation the result has been the same, so its is safe to deduce that once the parent club is reluctant to let the player go, they normally always find an amicable solution lubricated by a nice new fat contract for the player and his agents, and United normally ends up the jilted bride – way too often for a club of United’s stature.

Ed Woodward needs to get control of this worrying trend. There is no real way to control the gossip campaign about every player in the planet United is linked with, that would certainly be a fool’s errand. Every agent knows United are in rebuilding phase and are looking for a few good men, to get Old Trafford back to the heights of the Fergie era. They also all know roughly what United’s transfer kitty is at any given time, mostly because United announces those figures in a self promotional way to increase market confidence. A drawback of being publicly traded on the stock market.

No matter how genuinely interested the Ramos camp feigns, there is no reality in which he departs Real Madrid for United. He is their vice-captain, been a staple of the side for decades, and more importantly and to the point – Madrid simply do not want to lose the player. Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern, and Juventus…these clubs invariably always get what they want. If they don’t fancy a player, like Madrid didn’t fancy Di Maria, they were gone – poof! If they want a player, that player materializes, adorned in their club colors before the paper work gets to FIFA offices.

Star Recruits Linked with Manchester United - Graphic by Chuky Akosionu @TheDailyManc.

United have tried to pry these stars from their respective clubs with very little success. Courtesy of The Daily Manc.

So it is quite puzzling why United is so slow to learn from this, it is embarrassing to always come up empty handed in these situations. The aforementioned elite clubs almost are never caught in this situation. They go for players they are certain they can get, and are deft at the dark arts of backroom dealings. United should concentrate on annexing marquee talents from the lesser lights of Europe and South America.