Simon Chadwick, an expert, argues in The Guardian that “How do you scout around the world as quickly and cheaply as possible? Rather than having to maintain a scout network where you can always miss out, you have a franchise where you save both on intelligence and scouting acquisition costs."
Other problems of potential collusion arise when player or manager agents are involved. For example, the purchase of FC Girona by Manchester City has also involved the brother and agent of Manchester City's manager, Pep Guardiola. Pere, Pep's brother, will be the co-owner of Girona FC, but he is also the agent of many players and the agent of his brother. Will his decisions be guided by the best interests of Girona's fans or by his interest to promote players of whom he is the agent? Pere Guardiola is also associated with Mediapro, a sports media company investigated by its links with the FIFA corruption scandal. Global soccer is great, but it has some dark corners.