QPR paid nothing for Alejandro Faurlin when the Argentine midfielder was transferred from Instituto de Cordoba in 2009 – far less than a record £3.5millon fee.
Gazette Sport has learned from sources both in west London and Argentina the deal was essentially a one-year loan, and a fee was then paid to a group of businessmen to buy out Faurlin’s ‘contract’ and make him unreservedly a Rangers player – it is understood.
Rangers and chairman Gianni Paladini are charged with seven different breaches of FA regulations that could carry a points deduction and/or a fine, not dissimilar to the Carlos Tevez affair that saw West Ham £5.5million out of pocket when they admitted to charges related to the Argentine’s ownership in 2007.
Faurlin has gradually become a fans’ favourite – but controversy has stalked the transfer fee supposedly paid for the 24-year-old.
It has swung back and forwards between £2m and £3.5m – but an Instituto insider reckons the club have yet to see a single peso.
The source said: "The club got nothing – but that’s not uncommon in Argentine football. Quite often businessmen with spare cash invest in a new Maradona – and this looks to be the case here. What was the fee? Who knows?"
QPR were also charged with "using or seeking to pay an unauthorised agent" when the player was signed two years ago.
The FA did not say who the unauthorised agent was, but the governing body considers it a serious offence to deal with anybody who is not licensed under Fifa regulations.
Paladini and the club were also charged with submitting false information in documents lodged with the FA when Faurlin signed an extension to his playing contract last October.
All players' contracts have to be sent to the FA, and it is understood this seventh charge also relates to dealing with an unauthorised agent.