The FA has today released details of the payments to agents made by all Premier League clubs between 1 October 2015 and 1 February 2016.
Newcastle United making payments to agents of £538,107, only Everton and Swansea paying out less in this four month time period.
At the other end of the spectrum, Manchester United paid out over £10m to these ‘representatives’.
However, despite this time period covering the 2015/16 winter transfer window, the FA announcement makes clear that these amounts don’t necessarily reflect spending in that window, or indeed the one in summer 2015.
Indeed, they state that this is simply the amounts paid by clubs that went through The FA’s clearing account, which is presumably the process whereby agents are paid from, with The FA acting as middle man between clubs and representatives where agents fees are concerned.
The fact that Manchester United bought nobody in January 2016 confirming that payments don’t totally (or at all?) correlate to players bought in this last window.
So what exactly was paid out by Newcastle United in relation to signing Shelvey, Townsend, Doumbia and Saivet is still an unknown.
The previous announcement when payments to agents were revealed for the whole year of 1 October 2104 to 30 September 2015 saw Newcastle spending £5,946,031.31.
The FA Statement
Intermediary Fees 1 October 2015 to 1 February 2016.
The information below represents all Intermediary and Agents’ fees paid by Clubs during the specified period via The FA’s clearing account.
The amounts shown include payments made by clubs on behalf of players.
As required under FIFA’s Regulations on Working with Intermediaries, introduced on 1 April 2015, The FA today [Friday 22 April 2016] publishes details of the following.
– The total payments made by clubs to Registered Intermediaries for the four-month period of 1 October 2015 to 1 February 2016*.
PLEASE NOTE: *Payments included in these figures may have been made in respect of transactions entered into prior to 1 April 2015.
The total payment figure per club will, therefore, not necessarily relate directly to those transactions listed involving a Registered Intermediary which were entered into between 1 April 2015 and 1 February 2016.
As you can see, a total of over £46m leaving the game into pockets of agents – criminal! (Though not in a literal sense of course…)