Stellar aims for the stars with $3bn of footballer contracts after ICM takeover

  • Agency’s 800-plus clients include Gareth Bale and Jack Grealish
  • ICM tie-up will help cultivate players’ brands, says owner

Stellar Group, the London-based sports agency that represents more than 800 athletes, including Gareth Bale, and whose contracts are worth close to $3bn (£2.32bn), has been taken over by the US entertainment agency giant ICM partners.

The deal, which sees the creation of ICM Stellar Sports, reflects US confidence in English and European football in particular. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Premier League clubs have spent £1.45bn in permanent transfer fees this summer, according to the Guardian’s interactive. When the major leagues in Spain, Germany, Italy and France are factored in, the figure rises to £2.99bn.

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