Reds slash fees paid to agents but continue to spend most in Premier League

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Champions-elect splash out more than £30million on intermediaries.

Liverpool have topped the Premier League table for fees paid to players’ agents for the third successive year, the Football Association has revealed.

The Premier League champions-elect have slashed payments by almost a third, according to the FA’s latest figures – which cover the 2019 summer and 2020 winter transfer windows.

Liverpool spent GBP 30.3million on intermediaries compared with nearly GBP 44m the previous year, but that is still the most of any top flight club.

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Under FIFA rules, the FA has been publishing the total payments made by clubs in England’s top five divisions to agents for the last three years, as well as a list of every transfer which involved an agent.

Despite Liverpool’s reduction and the Premier League’s efforts to bring down the amount clubs spend on middlemen, the combined figures show an increase from GBP 261m to GBP 263.3m for the top flight.

The top four, as in the two previous years, comprises Liverpool, Manchester City (GBP 29m), Manchester United (GBP 27.6m) and Chelsea (GBP 26.2m).

Everton (GBP 16.9m) are the fifth biggest spenders on agents’ fees, according to the FA’s figures, with Arsenal (GBP 13.6m), West Ham (GBP 13.2m) and Tottenham (GBP 12.5m) making up the top eight.

Burnley spent a fraction on player agents' fees compared to the Premier League's top four
Burnley spent a fraction on player agents’ fees compared to the Premier League’s top four (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Burnley (GBP 3.9m) forked out the least of any top flight club, with Sheffield United (GBP 4.3m) and Norwich (GBP 4.9m) making up the bottom three.

Championship clubs paid out a combined GBP 49.3m, slightly down on last year’s GBP 50m, with Stoke (GBP 5.6m) and Swansea (GBP 5.2m) topping the list.

League One sides spent GBP 3.9m, down from almost GBP 6m with Sunderland accounting for nearly GBP 1.4m, and League Two clubs gave agents GBP 1.2m, a slight increase from just under GBP 1million.

The total figures for all top five divisions show English football spent just over GBP 318m on agents, which is almost GBP 80,000 down on a year ago.

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