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Exclusive: The 30 deals Newcastle paid agents fees of £10m for – Only 2 when selling players

5 years ago

On Friday it was revealed that Newcastle United had paid a remarkable £10,449,578 in agents fees/to intermediaries in a 12 month period which covered the last two transfer windows.

The period the figures were released for was 2 February 2016 to 31 January 2017.

These two transfer windows were after Newcastle United’s relegation and the massive £10m+ was higher than all but four of the current 20 Premier League clubs – top six agents fees totals in England listed here (The FA released figures for agents fees yesterday that covered all four divisions and the National League)…

All intermediary and agents’ fees paid by clubs during the period 2 February 2016 to 31 January 2017 via the FA’s clearing account:

£26,286,988 Manchester City

£25,051,431 Chelsea

£19,000,973 Manchester United

£13,792,355 Liverpool

£10,449,578 Newcastle United

£10,156,567 Arsenal

In a separate document issued by the FA, they list all the deals for each club, where that club used (and presumably paid!) an agent to do work for them.

The vast majority are when players are brought in but clubs also use/pay agents to help facilitate outgoing deals as well sometimes.

Newcastle United of course signed 12 senior players in summer 2016, so it was assumed they were a major part of that near £10.5m total of agents fees.

It was also assumed by many Newcastle fans that maybe a significant part of this near £10.5m total of NUFC agents fees had arisen from the mega deals involving the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum as part of work done to help make the respective moves to Spurs and Liverpool happen – but apparently not.

Listed below are all 30 times Newcastle used agents in that 12 month period and they were only used on two occasions when players have been sold – Papiss Cisse and Florian Thauvin (a loan deal with permanent move trigger after three appearances for Marseille).

The other 28 times agents were used included:

All 12 senior signings last summer – Gayle, Ritchie, Atsu, Diame etc

When current NUFC players agreed new contracts – For example Perez, Armstrong, Elliot, Woodman and Dummett

Young players signed – Fernandez, Sorensen, El-Mhanni etc (Joseph Scott Rankin-Costello is also listed but looks like a mistake as he is a young player at Blackburn)

Information released by the FA:

Intermediary Transactions 2 February 2016 to 31 January 2017

The information below represents all Transactions involving Clubs where an Intermediary was used from 2nd February 2016 to 31st January 2017.

This information has been made publicly available in accordance with the requirements of the FIFA Regulations on Working with Intermediaries and The FA Regulations on Working with Intermediaries’

Sadly the clubs have no obligation to reveal how much was actually spent on each deal so our imaginations will have to go wild – but surprisingly it appears that Newcastle United didn’t have to pay a penny to help get rid of Moussa Sissoko – that £30m looks better and better with every passing day.


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