Worldwide agent fees exceed £500 million for the first time 

5 December 2019

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Photo: Getty Images According to the report, the most common case is that of intermediaries representing the player (2,657 transfers), followed by those with intermediaries representing the engaging club (1,307) and the releasing club (395).

Worldwide, commissions paid to intermediaries increased by almost 20 per cent in 2019 to date, compared to all 2018. 

English football, however, has experienced a significant drop in commissions paid to intermediaries. 

Christian Fomsgaard Jensen cfj@offthepitch.com

For the first time ever, agent fees have exceeded £500 million in a calendar year. A new FIFA report, titled FIFA's Intermediaries in International Transfers 2019, shows that the spending on commissions to intermediaries has increased to $653.9 million (corresponding to a good £500 million) to date in 2019, which is 19.3 per cent more than during the whole of 2018. 

More than 17,000 transfers have been completed so far in 2019, and 3,557 of those involved at least one agent. 

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