This week, Liverpool fans were caught by surprise when it was reported Philippe Coutinho had changed hi agents. According to Goal.com, the Brazilian midfield would start working with Giuliano Bertolucci and Kia Joorabchian from now on.
Maybe Goal’s information meant the relationship between Coutinho and Bertolucci would become official, since this is the week when the transfer window is opening. Because if you do a little search, Joorabchian has been talking as a Coutinho agent for around a year.
What do Bertolucci and Joorabchian have in common? They have been working together for years and years. So if the Iranian agent was already assisting Coutinho, it means that Bertolucci’s partnership with the player isn’t something new.
Kia Joorabchian started being famous in Brazil in 2004, when he was the president of the company MSI. He was the one who made it possible for Corinthians to sign the likes of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano. At the time, he worked with a few Brazilian agents, including Bertolucci.
After leaving Brazil as league champions, the Argentine duo had a short spell at West Ham, and then joined Manchester United and Liverpool. That’s when the agents started eyeing the English big market.
Since then, they have been involved in negotiations of players such as David Luiz, Paulinho, Oscar, Ramires, Sandro, Willian, and more recently Alexandre Pato.
So despite having a certain influence in the English market when it comes to Brazilian players, Joorabchian and Bertolucci aren’t men with a history of transfers for Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich.
Coutinho, alongside Marquinhos, would be the their first clients with enough potential to join such sides. Or maybe if the Liverpool midfielder moved to PSG they could end the endless battle to set the defender free. But that’s only us speculating what could be the next big moves for the super duo.
In any case, when a player changes his agent, it’s usually because he’s eyeing a future transfer. But in this situation the big change may not be such a huge deal after all.