Sunday 18 August 2019

Premier League agent fees revealed and Liverpool have the biggest bill once again

Midfielder Naby Keita
Midfielder Naby Keita
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

The latest figures revealing the fees paid to football agents by England's top-flight clubs have been released by the Premier League, with Liverpool spending substantially more than any of their domestic rivals after a busy year of transfer spending.

Deals that saw Virgil van Dijk move from Southampton to Liverpool and Naby Keita seal his switch from RB Leipzig to Anfield contributed to a bill of close to £44m paid out to 'intermediaries', ensuring the Premier League title challengers spent more on agent fees than any other club for a second successive year.

Liverpool spent close to £28m on agents fees between February 2017 and January 2018, but that figure has spiralled in the last 12 months after some big spending from Jurgen Klopp and his transfer committee.

Chelsea are second in the list released by the Premier League after deals to sign goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and midfielder Jorginho contributed to a bill of close to £27m in the last year, with Everton (£19.1m) next in the list, closely followed by Manchester United (£20.8m).

Confirmation that an eye-watering £260,664,118 went out of the game and directly into the bank accounts of players agents and advisers over the last year will reignite the debate on curbing what has become a rising bill, with Premier League clubs discussing collective plans to control outgoing fees.

At present, agents are given a payment as part of a transfer fee, but there are suggestions that players will be forced to pay their personal advisers out of their own funds and remove the practice of clubs giving direct payments to intermediaries.

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