A while ago, I was involved in a conversation about transfer fees, and how they’re changing as time goes on. More and more add-ons are incorporated into deals, and less and less money up-front; in the sale of Jordan Rhodes to Blackburn, for example, Huddersfield received £2.5m of the £8m up front, and 10% of the fee was passed to his previous club, Ipswich.
The more and more convoluted we hear of, and (sadly, for me) you tend to hear less of transfers involving equipment; the famed corrugated iron, bags of balls and sets of kit are very much a thing of the past.
Which leads me to wonder where transfers will go next. This idea is radical, but hear me out. If a player is to be transferred between clubs in the same division, why couldn’t they agree a fee of league points?
It would have to be during the transfer window, so no later than January, but think of a mid-table club, troubling neither the top or bottom places, but building for next season. They could offer a struggling team two or three of their points as well as a fee for a striker; would you take points over a player?
Chelsea want to sign Demba Ba from Newcastle, but the Magpies are still looking over their shoulders, while Chelsea’s title challenge is all but over. Instead of £7m, they could have offered £2m and three points. The points would cushion the blow of losing the player, which they might well have done anyway had Chelsea bid more.
Of course, it would have to be for teams in the same division – Juventus couldn’t sell points out of Serie A to Borussia Dortmund – but within that divisional context, there’d surely be advantages to operating that system.
Will it ever happen? Doubtful, but, if football continues the way it is, revolutionary thinking will have to be used to keep some teams afloat. Why not points transfers?