Europe Ranking: Which clubs paid out most to agents in 2019?

14 September 2020

Liverpool
Photo: PA Images Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund top the list of clubs in the Premier League, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 paying out most to agents.

Last week Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes once again took headlines as he was paid €7 million of the €40 million Wolves paid Porto for Fabio Silva

Agents are generally frowned upon within the football industry and accused of disturbing the relationship between players and clubs. We have taken a closer look at the highest fees paid by clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 in 2019.

Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham each paid intermediaries approximately the same amount as the profit they generated from player sales in 2019.

Although Tottenham and Arsenal both had agent fees of €13 million, it seems Tottenham paid the higher premium. Arsenal's total transfer spending amounted to €112 million, while Tottenham's came to less than a quarter of that - just €25 million.

Sunderland AFC paid more than €3 million to agents in 2019, which exceeds the coming season's wage cap of approximately €2.8 million, recently implemented for League One.

Mads Meisner and Joseph Mailil, analyst jm@offthepitch.com