UK-based soccer player agency Unique Sports Management has merged with German counterpart International Sports Management Group to become Unique Sports Group.
It is claimed that the deal sees the integration of “two of the largest independent soccer management agencies across Europe’s two most dominant soccer markets” in English soccer’s Premier League and German soccer’s Bundesliga and that Unique has now become one of the top five such agencies worldwide.
The newly created entity has a roster of more than 300 players, including Reece James of Chelsea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Manchester United, Ryan Sessegnon of Tottenham Hotspur, Hakan Calhanoglu of Inter Milan, and Kevin Volland of AS Monaco.
Unique says the combined transfer value of its clients is upwards of £670 million ($920 million).
The agency is operating from five offices in London, Munich, Manchester, Karlsruhe and Curitiba (Brazil).
Will Salthouse, joint chief executive of Unique Sports Group, has said: “We are delighted to welcome ISMG to the Unique family and believe this joint vision will allow us to maximise our European network at a time when interest in UK based players from across the continent continues to grow.
“This alliance allows us to cement our place as the leading agency across the UK and German market. The Bundesliga is such a strong league and has the youngest average player age of any other top-flight division. We have already seen UK-based talent making the move to Germany to further their first team careers and we see this continuing to be a trend in the years ahead.”