It has become every bit as integral to the game of soccer as a cup final, a hat-trick, or a league title. The transfer fee -- the act of paying a sum of money for the right to move a player from club to club -- has been in existence in one form or another for over a century.
The associated gossip, fees, contract lengths and buy out clauses are woven into the fabric of the world game, and elicit just as much intrigue and breathless column inches as any actual match.
Yet the transfer fee may about to be consigned to history.
Friday will see a legal case launched against world governing body FIFA at the European Commission in the Belgium's capital Brussels by FIFPro, a trade union that represents the interests of soccer players worldwide. [READ FULL ARTICLE HERE]