Rodriguez’s move to Munich proves it’s time to overhaul ludicrous system

first_img1 Something simply has to change…It’s time to completely overhaul football’s ridiculous transfer loan system.The confirmation of James Rodriguez’s move from Real Madrid to Bayern Munich earlier today – on a TWO-YEAR loan deal, no less – is the latest example of how insane the situation has become.In case you’re unaware, and I’m sure you’re not, the Colombian was one of European football’s most sought after signatures following his performances at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil and, after that tournament, he moved to the Bernabeu for an undisclosed fee largely accepted to be around the £70million mark.He’s fallen down the pecking order in the Spanish capital recently and has been the subject of fevered speculation for much of the summer, with Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United reportedly among his suitors.Out of the blue on Tuesday morning, however, news broke that the 25-year-old was heading to Germany. Effectively, for nothing, or as near as dammit, with the Spaniards apparently receiving an annual loan fee of €5million. Bayern then have the option of signing him for €35m, so just about half of Real’s current valuation. After a glorified, cut-price two-year trial!What an absolute nonsense. It’s time to end this madness.If Bayern want Rodriguez and Madrid are willing to let him go, then it should be a permanent switch. If Bayern don’t want to meet the asking price, then it doesn’t get done. The Bundesliga is already a one-horse race. Deals like this just handicap Munich’s rivals still further.But let’s not stop there. No more loan deals between two Premier League clubs. Again, you want the player, you buy him. Remember, the current rules mean loaned players are banned from playing against their parent club, effectively skewing the sanctity of the competition.If Crystal Palace rate Ruben Loftus-Cheek, they can pay what Chelsea want for him. Or not, it’s up to them. The same applies to Swansea and Tammy Abraham. No more ‘borrow now, pay later’. Or, as more often seems to be the case, ‘borrow now, never pay at all’.The loan system should be about young players going to lower league clubs to gain first-team experience before hopefully breaking through at the club that retains their registration. That’s how it used to work, and the game’s recent history is littered with examples of the success of that approach – David Beckham (Manchester United to Preston), Frank Lampard (West Ham to Swansea), Jermain Defoe (West Ham to Bournemouth), Harry Kane (Tottenham to Millwall). The list goes on.It should certainly not be about players with 50-plus caps for their country and a six-figure weekly salary hopping from one European super-power to another.What do you think? Is it time to change the loan system? Or are things fine the way they are? Leave your comment below… James Rodriguez last_img

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