West Ham did not want to “battle” for Portugal midfielder William Carvalho, according to Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho.
The Hammers were linked with a move for Sporting star throughout the summer but the Premier League club failed to complete a move for the 25-year-old.
And the Sporting president, speaking at a tech conference called Web Summit commented on agents’ commissions, Bruno said: “If we look at the studies that exist, England does not create many players. They usually buy and pay a lot for it. In addition to transfers, commissions.”
He was then asked whether the battle with West Ham had anything to do with his comments: “Battle? To have a battle you have to be interested in battling. That was not the case with West Ham.”
Recent reports suggest William still wants to leave Sporting, but Bruno was keen to turn the conversation back to players’ representatives.
“Agents have more and more power,” he continued. “Players are afraid to do something without the agent intervening. I see agents who are in the market to help but I see others where, when clubs have the deal almost done, they abort everything because they are not entitled to commission.
“If they receive anything, they will talk to the player. If they do not, deal canceled. We have to create concrete rules for all this. Don’t the funds buy players? Well, now they buy clubs. And governments have to get involved in this.
“I don’t believe that we have the capacity to solve these problems only at the level of federations and leagues, governments have to be present, it’s one of the main industries in the world. Ninety percent of European clubs do not have their accounts public. There is a huge black hole in football, this is something serious.”