Goodbye transfer fees, goodbye long-term contracts

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1st, February 2008

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Yesterday’s bore-fest of a transfer deadline day could be the last of its kind. Now everyday is transfer deadline day! That is a slight exaggeration, but a landmark ruling by the Court of Arbitration of Sport yesterday has changed the face of football completely. While the nation was busy keeping tabs on Grzegorz Rasiak’s switch from Southampton to Bolton, the Court ruled that former Hearts player Andy Webster could buy out his contract and move to Wigan Athletic.
The ruling effectively means the end of big-money transfer fees. Take the case of Cristiano Ronaldo whose five-year deal at Manchester United is acknowledged to be one of the tightest in football (even Real Madrid

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