Laurent Gutsmuth accused of taking €5m commission from Idrissa Gueye’s entourage

Our colleagues at Soccer Link report that PSG central midfielder Idrissa Gueye’s entourage is in conflict with the agent that they mandated to oversee the Senegalese international’s transfer from Everton this summer.

On the pitch, Gueye has started his career with Les Parisiens magnificently, but behind the scenes all is not going as smoothly.

The vice-champion of Africa in 2019 is stuck in the middle of a contested commission situation, which notably involves his brother, who is one of his advisers, and Laurent Gutsmuth, who was mandated for the deal.

Per the outlet reporting the news, the player’s entourage was due to receive a part of the €5m in agent commission negotiated in the deal with both Everton and PSG.

So far, the agent mandated specifically for this deal, Gutsmuth, has not transferred the sums supposedly pre-agreed as owed to other individuals who had participated in the transfer.

Gueye’s entourage have informed the PSG board of this situation, who have tried to reach out to Gutsmuth on multiple occasions to resolve this matter. Exchanges were had to try to find a resolution, but they have not been fruitful. As a result, PSG no longer wishes to work with Gutsmuth, whilst simultaneously maintaining their private support for the Gueye family.

Gutsmuth is a well-known name around PSG. He holds an FFF licence and thus has played an important role in certain transfers and the contract extensions of several PSG players (Neymar, Javier Pastore, Thiago Silva, Dani Alves & others).

His role is simply to be a name on a sheet of paper. As famous agents like Marcelo Simonian do not have a licence to formally exercise the role of an agent in France, they rely on surrogates who do possess the appropriate licence like Gutsmuth.

For example, during the extension of Thiago Silva’s contract with PSG in 2016, the player’s agent, Paulo Tonietto, received €2m in commission from the club, whilst Gutsmuth, the agent of record, received €45k.

At the moment, all parties in this Gueye affair are at a standstill.

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