Tavecchio hits out at ‘offensive’ agent fees

Italian Football Federation President Carlo Tavecchio has had a dig at Mino Raiola and the exorbitant figures earned by agents for lucrative football transfers.

Raiola recently put himself and his client, teenage goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma, at the centre of a national controversy by rejecting a new contract offered by AC Milan.

Donnarumma went from Milan’s golden boy to persona non grata among fans after Raiola stonewalled Milan, making his client appear ungrateful, fickle, and greedy.

Raiola is known for brokering big-money deals with top clubs, such as the sale of Paul Pogba to Manchester United for a world-record fee, but his latest move has been especially controversial.

“The Donnarumma story?" Tavecchio told Gazzetta dello Sport. “We are out of situations we consider unedifying in a country that has dramatic economic problems.

“Certain figures come across as offensive. Which ones? Certain fees received by agents… We have to figure out whether the situation is right or not.

"I decided to implement the Agent’s Commission to see something new in that regard. We’re talking about anachronistic situations in a country like ours and we have to think hard about it."

Donnarumma, meanwhile, remains at the centre of the storm, which has followed him to Poland where he is currently representing Italy at the European Under-21 Championship.

There he had fake money thrown at him while playing in goal against Denmark and recently refused to talk about Milan at a press conference.

"I'm sorry this uproar has been created around me," he told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s semi-final against Spain U21.

Reports of a bust-up between player and agent surfaced recently on social media, as the tale takes another twist, while Donnarumma tried to insist that he is "calm and thinking about tomorrow's game".