Premier League Clubs Spend £260m On Agents In 2018-19

Premier League clubs have paid out more than £260m to football agents during 2018-19 – an increase of £49m on the previous 12 months.

Liverpool were the highest spending club in the top flight, paying £43m to agents between 1 February 2018 and 31 January 2019.

Chelsea (£26m) and Manchester City (£24m) were the next biggest spenders.

Championship clubs spent more than £50m while Sunderland accounted for more than 50% of League One’s £5.5m outlay.

Fees to agents went up despite spending on transfers falling by more than £500m when compared with the previous season.

Liverpool spent £27m on agents in 2017-18 to conclude deals for players including Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, and their 2018-19 expenditure covers a period in which they have invested heavily to compete for the Premier League title.

Brazil midfielder Fabinho (£39m) arrived from Monaco, while his international team-mate Alisson cost a then world record £66.8m fee for a goalkeeper after being signed from Roma.

The Reds also spent around £50m on Naby Keita, and Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri joined from Stoke for a fee of £13m.

Premier League clubs spending on agents

1. Liverpool – £43.7m
2. Chelsea – £26.8m
3. Man City – £24.1m
4. Man Utd – £20.7m
5. Everton – £19.1m
6. West Ham – £14.4m
7. Leicester City – £12.1m
8. Arsenal – £11.1m
9. Tottenham – £11.1m
10. Watford – £10.8m
11. Bournemouth – £10.2m
12. Newcastle – £8.8m
13. Fulham – £8.2m
14. Crystal Palace – £6.9m
15. Brighton – £6.8m
16. Wolves – £6.8m
17. Southampton – £6.1m
18. Huddersfield – £5m
19. Burnley – £3.9m
20. Cardiff City – £2.8m

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