Gareth Bale deal is 'robbery', says UEFA chief

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The proposed transfer of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid has been likened to 'robbery' by UEFA president Michel Platini after he called for the transfer window to close before the start of the season.

Bale is on the verge of completing a record breaking move from Tottenham to the Spanish capital for a fee believed to be around €100m.

Platini sees the rising fees in football as a worrying trend and believes it is inevitable that they go higher and higher and hinted that these fees can easily work around the Financial Fair Play laws.

Platini told the Daily Mail: "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.

"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."

Platini went on to admit that he is growing disillusioned with the transfer window, likening it to 'robbery' and saying it is just another way for people to make a lot of money.

"I think transfers are a robbery, he said." 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."

There have also been concerns that the transfer window is becoming increasingly distracting to teams by remaining open after the season has started.

Platini allayed concerns by saying he will work in conjunction with FIFA to make the system fairer.

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 we'll have to shorten it."

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