LeBron James joins forces with Virgil van Dijk and Kai Havertz as UTA expands agency

UTA (United Talent Agency) has acquired ROOF (Representatives Of Outstanding Footballers), enhancing its global reach by entering the soccer market.

Van Dijk, Kai Havertz Join Hands With Lebron James
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UTA (United Talent Agency) has acquired ROOF (Representatives Of Outstanding Footballers), expanding its global influence by stepping into the soccer market. This acquisition places the management of football stars like Virgil van Dijk and Kai Havertz under the same umbrella as LeBron James and other top basketball players.

In recent years, UTA’s sports portfolio has been dominated by KLUTCH, which represents basketball legend LeBron James and has secured $4 billion in contracts for its clients across the NBA, WNBA, NFL, and MLB. With the acquisition, UTA announced that ROOF will merge with KLUTCH to “reimagine the representation landscape for the new generation of top football stars,” while maintaining its own name and founding leadership. Currently, ROOF manages about 130 players and 20 coaches across Europe’s top five leagues, but aims to expand internationally beyond its bases in London, Madrid, and Munich.

“Football is the most global and popular sport on the planet, and in charting our path into the game, we’ve searched for a partner who aligns with KLUTCH’s values and takes a similar client-first approach,” said Rich Paul, co-head of UTA Sports and founder/CEO of KLUTCH.

“It was clear very early on that ROOF was the perfect fit; our agencies share the same philosophy, passion and professional approach to representing the world’s best athletes. Together we look forward to bringing new energy to the beautiful game and its athletes through the lens of empowerment, storytelling and forward thinking.”

Besides Van Dijk and Havertz, ROOF also represents top players like Sadio Mane, Serge Gnabry, Harvey Elliott, and Europa League final hero Ademola Lookman.

The timing of the acquisition is notable for Van Dijk, who is nearing 33 and entering the final year of his contract with Liverpool amid uncertainty about his future, especially with Jurgen Klopp’s departure on the horizon.

Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk

Defender, Midfielder

NetherlandsNetherlands

Age: 33

193 cm

92 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 36 2 Missed
Minutes 3178 88.3 Avg
Goals 2 0.1 Avg
Assist 2 0.1 Avg
Attempt 4 0.1 Avg
Passes 2768 76.991.6% AvgSucc
Yellow 3 0.1 Avg
Red 1 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 36 times for 3178 minutes for Premier League.

Virgil van Dijk  scored 2 goals for Liverpool. He procured two assists. He received 3 yellow cards and 1 red card.

His team is currently 3rd in Premier League. In the last match Liverpool won 2-0 against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Liverpool performance and stats

Liverpool

Manager: Jürgen Klopp
Rank 3rd
Win 23
Draw 10
Loss 4
Goals 84-41
Diff 43
Rank 1st
Win 4
Draw 0
Loss 2
Goals 17-7
Diff 10

Liverpool is currently 3rd in the Premier League with 79 points.

In the last 38 games, it has won 24 times, drawn 10 times, and lost 4 times. In its last match, Liverpool won 2-0 against Wolverhampton Wanderers.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 84 goals and conceding 41.​

Kai Havertz

Kai Havertz

Forwarder, Defender, Midfielder

GermanyGermany

Age: 25

193 cm

83 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 37 1 Missed
Minutes 2639 71.3 Avg
Goals 13 0.4 Avg
Assist 8 0.2 Avg
Attempt 32 0.9 Avg
Passes 912 24.680.2% AvgSucc
Yellow 10 0.3 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 37 times for 2639 minutes for Premier League.

Kai Havertz scored 13 goals for Arsenal. He procured 8 assists. He received 10 yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 2nd in Premier League. In the last match Arsenal won 2-1 against Everton.

Arsenal performance and stats

Arsenal

Manager: Mikel Arteta
Rank 2nd
Win 27
Draw 5
Loss 5
Goals 89-28
Diff 61

Arsenal is currently 2nd in the Premier League with 86 points.

In the last 38 games, it has won 28 times, drawn 5 times, and lost 5 times. In its last match, Arsenal won 2-1 against Everton.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 89 goals and conceding 28.​