George Gardi

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Born (1981-05-31) May 31, 1981 (age 42)
Florence, Italy
OccupationSports agent
Years active2011-present
Known forSport Man manager

George Gardi (born 30 May 1981) is an Italian sports agent. He began his career in July 2011 through the transfer of Eran Zahavi from Hapoel Tel Aviv to Palermo becoming a trusted collaborator of Pini Zahavi.[1]


In 2015 he took care of the transfer of the Cameroonian champion Samuel Eto'o from Everton to Sampdoria [2] and then his transfer from Italy to Turkey to Antalyaspor in 2016.[3]

In the period in which Eto'o plays for Sampdoria, he rises to the headlines for having sued the president Massimo Ferrero for threats following a telephone call between the two in 2016, on the question concerning the transfer of the young footballer Fabrice Olinga.[4][5]

Gardi debated that Samuel Eto'o agreed to move to Sampdoria ria by reducing a good part of his engagement in order to encourage the purchase of the young Cameroonian footballer Fabrice Olinga (who grew up in the Samuel Etò foundation) owned by Apollōn Limassol, but once the contract was signed, Sampdoria at first integrates Olinga with the withdrawal of the first Blucerchiata team, but immediately afterwards suddenly remains out of pink due to the exhaustion of places for non-EU citizens. On 11 April 2016 Gardi first organized a press conference with Samuel Etò[6] and subsequently together with the club belonging to Olinga, he decided to protect the rights of the young footballer by resorting to the Arbitral Tribunal of Sport in Lausanne, obtaining the December 19, 2017 on sentence December 19, 2017, the victory over the proceedings to the detriment of the Genoese club, which is obliged to pay the total sum of 1 million euros plus interest as per the contract initially signed with the Cypriot club.[7]

From 2015 to 2017, he contributed to enriching Turkish football through the transfer of champions such as Mario Gómez, Samir Nasri, Jérémy Ménez, Johan Djourou, Sandro Raniere Guimaraes Cordeiro[8], while in the summer of 2019 he brought the young footballer Eljif Elmas to the Napoli Calcio [9] for the record figure in the history of Fenerbahce for a transfer of a footballer of 16 million euros plus bonus.[10]

In September 2020 he contributed to the transfer of Timothy Castagne from Atalanta to Leicester.[11]

Principal negotiations

Date Player Previous Club New Club Transfer sum
Summer 2011 Eran Zahavi Palermo Hapoel Tel Aviv € 1.7 million
Winter 2015 Samuel Eto'o Everton Sampdoria Free
Summer 2015 Mario Gomez Fiorentina Beşiktaş Loan
Summer 2017 Samir Nasri Manchester City Antalyaspor Free
Summer 2017 Jérémy Ménez Bordeaux Antalyaspor €1.7 million
Summer 2018 Johan Djourou Antalyaspor SPAL Free
Summer 2018 Sandro Raniere Guimarães Cordeiro Benevento Genoa €2.3 million
Summer 2019 Eljif Elmas Fenerbahce Napoli Calcio €16 million
Estate 2020 Timothy Castagne Atalanta Leicester €21 million


  1. Sport, tuttomercatoweb (30 May 2019). "Gardi su Elmas e Omur: "Confermo, ci sono tutte le big di A". TUTTOmercatoWEB (in italiano).
  2. "Sampdoria, Eto'o firma: contratto fino al 2018 e maglia numero 99". Repubblica (in italiano). 27 January 2015.
  3. "Presidenti eclettici, camicie fradicie e una città in subbuglio". Gianluca Di Marzio (in italiano). 22 September 2015.
  4. "Phone call leaked: Sampdoria president Ferrero threatens Eto'o's agent". 5 August 2016.
  5. "Il manager di Eto'o querela Ferrero per minacce, ecco la telefonata". (in italiano). 5 August 2016.
  6. "Sampdoria, ultimatum di Eto'o a Ferrero: «Paga o scatta la denuncia»". Il Messaggero (in italiano). 11 April 2016.
  7. Tribunal Arbitral du Sport. "Arbitration CAS 2017/A/5104 Apollon Limassol v. UC Sampdoria, award of 19 December 2017" (PDF).
  8. "Gardi: "Antalyaspor: Eto'o, Nasri, progetto City. Vi racconto tutto"" (in italiano). 18 September 2017.
  9. "Napoli invest €18,000,000 in a teenager". Inside Sport. 24 July 2019.
  10. "Fenerbahce set record with sale of Elmas to Napoli". 23 July 2019.
  11. "Seriously interested' - How Leicester City beat Arsenal and PSG to this transfer". Leicestershire Live. 4 September 2020.

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