Skip to main content

"If you want some accessible but informative insight into football then I suggest you couldn't do better than the Political Economy of Football website, which is not only intelligible but comes with the added bonus of being written by Addicks fan Wyn Grant."
Ben Hayes - Charlton Athletic programme

£115m bill for agents

Share/Save

Premier League clubs spent £115m on agents in the last two transfer windows.   Four top clubs spent more than the combined wage bill of all League 2 clubs for a whole season.

The four were made up of Chelsea who spent £16.7m, Liverpool who spent £14.3m, Manchester City who pent £12.8m and Tottenham Hotspur who spent £10.9m.    Chelsea may consider that they got value for money in terms of a stellar transfer window, Liverpool less so.

At the other end of the spectrum, Burnley spent less than a million pounds (£711,204) which is still quite a lot for a prudent club.

Agents will go to any lengths to sell their wares.   My Championship club recently turned down a Brazilian striker because they could not afford his wage demands.   Stories are now appearing in the press of interest from Premiership clubs which looks like a desperate ploy by his agent with the player without  a club and back in Brazil.