In the English Premier League, Liverpool FC are in a head-to-head race for the title with Manchester City. Currently, the Citizens are one point ahead of the Reds at the top of the table. On the other hand, in payment to agents and intermediaries: Coach Jurgen Klopp’s club tops the ranking by a significant margin, well ahead of competition from Manchester & Co.
The English FA has published the spending of individual clubs in the highest English tier as well as the second-tier, the Championship. The publication shows that LFC paid around £ 43.8m to player agents and consultants from February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019.
Chelsea FC spent a significant amount less and is in second place. The Blues invested £ 26.9m in that period, while Liverpool’s rival ManCity spent £ 24.1m. Behind them is Manchester United who spent £ 20.8m. Far below still is Arsenal FC, with £ 11.2m – Liverpool have spent four times that amount.
In total, the 20 Premier League clubs spent £ 267m, just under a quarter more than last year (£ 211m). Liverpool’s contributions to consultants grew disproportionately – the Reds invested as much as 63 percent more than in the period From February 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018 (£ 26m). By way of comparison, all German Bundesliga clubs pay a total of €197.8 million in consultant fees for the 2017/18 season, according to the DFB’s mediator report. In England’s second tier, The Championship, Stoke City top the spending ranking with around £ 7.3m.
Tighter regulation of consultant fees is in planning
As the “Telegraph” reports, the Premier League wants to confront player agents with tighter regulations for their future. This means, among other things, that fees for consultants are to be reduced. The 20 clubs will discuss new provisions on Friday. In the future, there are to be no longer any double shareholdings in transfer transactions, in which consultants are paid for both sales and purchases of a club. In addition, a limitation of the player broker fees is planned. Agreements to this effect, could take place as early as the 2019/20 season.
All Premier League clubs spending on agents/intermediaries
Net total paid to agents