UEFA president Michel Platini has likened Gareth Bale’s proposed £86m move to Real Madrid to robbery and also called for the transfer window to be closed before the season begins.
The Welsh winger is set to become to the world’s most expensive footballer when he completes his move before September 2, emulating Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“In terms of the morality (of the fee) this question was being asked when (Diego) Maradona was transferred – people said “wow, 5million for a player” and then it was Mr Zidane and then Cristiano Ronaldo and now Mr Bale – 100million euros,’ said Platini.
“There is certainly money for this kind of transfer – Real Madrid have a turnover of more than 250million (euros) and if they buy three players for a total sum of 100million this question would not be asked, and they could pay in instalments.
“I think transfers are a robbery – when I was playing every time I had finished a contract I was free to go wherever I went. I think it’s an opportunity for a lot of people to make a lot of money.
“Today a player is more a product than a footballer with a whole pile of people trying to get commissions.
“I think we and FIFA should think about that and find something more healthy.”
The former France international also called the length of the window to be shortened and suggested UEFA would look into the issue.
He added: “I agree it is too long but the whole world is involved and don’t play at the same time as we do. The clubs also want to have transfers finished before the start of their competition.
“The strategic committee includes the clubs and leagues and we will ask FIFA to have a look into what we propose and for all European leagues to start at the same time. ‘I agree this window is too long and will have to shorten it.”