You may have heard about the fearless folks doing yeoman's work over at Football Leaks. Rapidly evolving into the WikiLeaks of the football world, Football Leaks has revealed sensitive contract details pertaining to elite footballers and their clubs. The clubs and these players' agents have gone out of their way in the past to ensure these details remain under lock and key, but these nomads - at last check based somewhere in Eastern Europe - stand in defiance of what they perceive as a raging, ongoing injustice to the beautiful game.
For many supporters, however, these leaks are not a nuisance. In fact, the leaks can be quite enlightening and often provide a valuable glimpse into how your club does business - right down to the various whistles and bells inserted into the transfer agreement (e.g. who gets paid when, who gets first refusal, etc.) The brave people at Football Leaks have done these supporters a huge favor - while causing headaches for many of the game's biggest agents and clubs.
We have chosen to embrace this phenomenon at Into the Calderón, and in the near future, we will analyze Atlético Madrid transactions brought to us by Football Leaks. Our goal is not to inform, but also have fun (or get angry, you never know) with what we find. What I think is cool about this is now we have an avenue, more of an inside look at some of the deals that have helped Atlético become one of Europe's top teams.
Let's start this investigation by looking at Jan Oblak's agreement to join Atlético from Benfica in July 2014. You can view the five-page PDF here.
So, what do we have here?
- Where's Oblak's agent Miha Mlakar?
- The official fee for Oblak was €16 million. Bargain.
- Interesting to note that Atlético had to declare Oblak physically fit by July 15, 2014. Less than a month after the transfer was completed, rumors circulated that Atleti were so nervous about Oblak's hip that Benfica were asked about buying the Slovene back. I doubt those talks ever took place, but it just jogged my memory. Oblak hasn't had an issue with fitness since that summer.
- Benfica gets right of first refusal if Atleti want to pawn anyone off on them, which tells me they willingly took Raúl Jiménez. Bless them.
- The misspelling of "player" on page 4. Seriously, who edits this stuff?
- Oblak's signature is pretty. In contrast, Luis Filipe Vieira went off the grid with his signature. Perhaps in a fit of rage over losing the guy who has become the best goalkeeper in La Liga?