There is more of an ‘unwritten rule’ of respect between players and owners. Players willingly sign longer contracts so that clubs can extract a fee if they move on in the future, and clubs will generally allow players to move if they express the desire for pastures new.May 20, 2019
Transfers have become an integral part of the entertainment product that football is today. The excitement over the movement of players used to fill the back pages in the summer when domestic football had a break. Now, transfer gossip columns are updated on a daily basis.
While we are familiar with the processes that lead to a transfer today, the system has taken many different forms over the last century and a half.
The evolution of the system can be best characterised as a tug of war between the clubs and the players over who has the bargaining power when it comes to transfers. The momentum has shifted from side to side but now seems to have come to rest with the players, as illustrated two years ago by Neymar’s decision to move from Barcelona to PSG against the wish of his former club.