FA reveal agents fees as Leeds United's seven-figure spend is dwarfed by Premier League rivals

Leeds United spent a fraction of the cash splashed by some of their Premier League rivals on agents fees in the past year, the Football Association have revealed.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 5:09 pm
NEW FACE - Leeds United paid £7m in fees to intermediaries in the last year to bring players like Raphinha, pictured, Rodrigo and Robin Koch to Elland Road. Pic: Getty

Each year the FA publishes the payments and transactions involving registered intermediaries each season in line with FIFA regulations.

The reporting period runs from February 1 2020 to February 1 2021, which encompasses the latter stages of Leeds' Championship season and the first half of their Premier League campaign.

In that period Leeds paid out £7,034,943 to agents, for facilitating permanent deals, loan agreements and new contracts.

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A total of £272,220,223 was spent by top flight clubs, with Chelsea accounting for just over £35m of that. Manchester City spent around £30m, with Manchester United shelling out just under the same amount and Liverpool £21.6m.

Leeds' fellow new boys West Brom spent the lowest amount [£4.2m] while Burnley, Crystal Palace, Sheffield United and Southampton all spent less than the Whites.

None of the clubs plying their trade in the Championship this season spent more than Leeds on agents fees in the past year, although Norwich City, relegated from the Premier League last season, came close with £6.8m.

The £7m spent by Leeds included payments to agents for the deals to bring German international Robin Koch, Spanish international and record signing Rodrigo, Spain defender Diego Llorente, Brazilian winger Raphinha and England youth international Joe Gelhardt to the club, along with the permanent transfers of Helder Costa and Illan Meslier who were both previously on loan.

There were also fees paid to agents for new contracts for players like Jamie Shackleton, Ryan Edmondson, Niall Huggins, Alfie McCalmont and Pascal Struijk and the list of transactions for Leeds also included an updated registration for Patrick Bamford.

You can view the full list of Leeds United transactions HERE.