Premier League clubs have reportedly spent more than £260 million on football agents for the 2018-2019 season so far, which is an increase of £49 million compared to the previous 12 months.
Liverpool was marked as the highest spending club, and spent £43 million on agents between the first of February and the 31st of January. Chelsea came next, with £26 million, and Manchester followed, who spent a total of £24 million.
Champion clubs have spent over 50 million, while Sunderland alone accounted for over 50% of League One’s £5.5 outlay. Fees to agents have gone up despite the cost of transfers falling by more than £500 million when compared to seasons that came prior. The Football Supporters’ Federation have stated that fans will most likely find the spending shocking, and have called for more transparency on how the money was being used. A spokesperson for the organisation stated that many would find that the volume of money going out of the game surprising, especially when many lower clubs are suffering from major financial difficulties.
Liverpool spent only £27 million on agents for the 2017-18 season and concluded deals that included payers such as Mohamed Salah and Virgin van Djik, with their expenditure covering a period in which they reportedly invested heavily to compete for the title in the Premier League. Brazil midfielder Fabinho, £39 million, came to Monaco, while international team mate Alisson cost £66.8 million, the highest in the world for a goalkeeper.
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