He also writes for Champions Magazine, The Times in England, and the Sunday Herald in Scotland, having previously written for the Daily Mail and the Financial Times. Dan Thomas is joined by Craig Burley, Shaka Hislop and others to bring you the latest highlights and debate the biggest storylines. Which is pretty grotesque.” Marcotti has written and co-authored a number of books: Paolo Di Canio's autobiography (1999), 2006's The Italian Job: A Journey to the Heart of Two Great Footballing Cultures (written in conjunction with Gianluca Vialli), Capello: Portrait of a Winner (2008), an unauthorized biography of former England manager Fabio Capello, and Hail, Claudio! There's another Pandora's box here too, one that few like to talk about: paying players off the books. In 2017-18, the 20 clubs made a combined £4.8 billion ($5.8 billion) in revenue. And while these caps can be "soft" or "hard" and offer myriad exemptions and exceptions, they are predicated on the principle that teams should spend roughly the same. If football were transparent, from wages to fees and commissions paid to agents, you wouldn't even need hefty regulations and an army of auditors/nerds to go through the books. When Colin Murray began hosting 5 Live Sport on Friday nights, Marcotti moved to the Sunday night 6-0-6 programme. Gabriele Marcotti is the UK correspondent for Corriere dello Sport, and World Football columnist for The Times. There's also a salary floor, which is a few percentage points lower than that, to ensure owners actually spend money and don't collude or cheap out. Read all the latest news and reaction from ESPN FC senior writer Gabriele Marcotti. It would potentially be subject to legal challenges even more so than FFP, which isn't out of the woods in that department, because the latter doesn't act directly on wages. He is fluent in Italian, English, German, Spanish and Japanese. (It's a little more complicated than that, with exceptions and exemptions and other knickknacks, but that's the basic principle.). And that's before you get to the factors that, simply put, make both types of caps unworkable. But the most basic issue is that, in football, clubs in the same league have massively disparate levels of revenue. By Gabriele Marcotti espn.com — Football had a plan. They typically amount to somewhere between 60% to 80% of revenue, though at some money pit organizations such as Nottingham Forest, they can actually be higher than revenue, with the owner pumping in money every year. : The Man, the Manager, the Miracle, a biography of Claudio Ranieri. That said, again you'd need global compliance for it to work, as well as greater flexibility so that owners with access to cash -- we're talking real cash, not IOUs to dubious lenders -- can fund growth in certain circumstances. That would mean wealthy clubs have to cut wages enormously to reach the cap: Arsenal would need to lop off 40%, Liverpool 45%, Manchester United a whopping 53%. Meanwhile, there would be a total of eight clubs, including Watford and Brighton, whose total revenues are less than what they'd be allowed to spend on wages. Verified account Protected Tweets @ Protected Tweets @ They only exist in theory because, as we'll see, there are many more factors involved when it comes to sports which, like soccer, are traditionally based on promotion/relegation, transfer fees and limited revenue-sharing between clubs. And not, as is so often the case, as a vehicle for individuals to get rich or acquire social or political influence. The latter two don't exist in the NFL or NBA, so it's not really an issue, but in football they're hugely important. However, Italian football journalist Gabriele Marcotti believes Ramsey will earn a wage of £250,000 before tax instead. Now let's say the salary cap is 60% of per-club revenue, which would be £144m ($174m) for each team. First of all, he doesn't make $50 million from the Galaxy. U.S.-style caps only work if revenues are roughly equal throughout the league like they are in the NFL, where broadcasting and sponsorship income is equally distributed and the only variance come from gameday receipts and sponsorships. Qualification for the 2022 World Cup would wrap up by March of that year, with the draw a month later and the tournament itself kicking off on Nov. 21, 2022, in Qatar. Messi signing for Man City a real prospect after Guardiola's new deal. If you really are dead-set on a salary cap in football, FFP is a much better (and less blunt) instrument, if only because it looks at the whole picture of how much is spent on players: wages, transfer fees and commissions. - Stream every episode of 30 for 30: Soccer Stories on ESPN+. MLS Cup playoffs preview: Does home-field advantage mean anything? The following season he remained a prominent contributor to the programme, although Phill Jupitus took over as the host. That's £240 million ($290m) per club. 15h Gabriele Marcotti. Owners whose clubs are currently valued at, say, $3 billion, like Roman Abramovich's Chelsea, aren't going to accept seeing their revenues halved so they can share with Bournemouth or Burnley. He is a regular contributor to "Golazzo: The Totally Italian Football Show" for The Totally Football Show with James Richardson and James Horncastle. The U.S.-style caps work because those are closed leagues where nobody gets relegated, parity is considered desirable and there is collective bargaining with the players' unions.