The agents behind this summer's 50 biggest transfers: Leading firms beaten by families

7 October 2020

Icardi
Photo: PA Images The number of players who are represented by their families has increased in recent years and didn't appear to stop this summer. Mauro Icardi's wife, Wanda Nara (right), is known to be heavily involved in the player's contract negotiations.

Jorge Mendes' Gestifute agency was involved in four of this summer's 50 biggest deals, including Rúben Dias' transfer to Manchester City and Diogo Jota's transfer to Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Stellar Football Ltd, chaired by Jonathan Barnett, was behind transfers of around €100 million in total.

A number of players also tapped into a growing trend of keeping representation in the family.

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Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

Clubs in Europe's top five leagues may have spent more than €2 billion less on players this summer than they did last year, but a series of high-profile transfer still took place in no doubt thanks to the football's influential intermediaries. 

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