EXCLUSIVE: Man City, Liverpool and rock bottom QPR top chart of highest fees paid to agents
18:03 GMT, 30 November 2012
The Premier League club payments to agents over the last two transfer windows demonstrate the extent of the desperate financial gamble to keep QPR in the Premier League.
QPR paid out an astonishing 6.8million to the middle men – the third largest figure behind PL champions Manchester City (10.5m) and Liverpool (8.6m) – and a rise of 300 per cent from the last agents accounts (2.5m) which has still left them marooned at the bottom of the table.
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THE FULL LIST OF CLUBS' FEES TO PLAYERS' AGENTS
1. Man City 10,537,982
2. Liverpool 8,600,444
3. QPR 6,818,688
4. Tottenham 6,595,905
5. Chelsea 6,490,382
6. Arsenal 5,580,873
7. West Ham Utd 4,436,992
8. Manchester Utd 3,681,580
9. Newcastle Utd 3,485,503
10. Everton 3,092,891
11. Aston Villa 2,730,539
12. Fulham 2,581,208
13. Sunderland 2,173,762
14. Reading 2,167,833
15. Wigan Athletic 1,974,305
16. Stoke City 1,717,266
17. West Brom 1,341,301
18. Norwich City 1,248,725
19. Swansea City 1,100,845
20. Southampton 646,106
The combined 20-club fortune ending
up in the pockets of agents from October 2011 to September 2012 was 77million
-an increase from the 71.8million going out of the game from the previous
During the elapsed period, there were 806 transactions in the English top-flight, however not all of which would have included agents' fees.
There is not much surprise that the
Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City head the agents fee table.
But more so
that Liverpool outspent Chelsea (6.4m) and Manchester United (3.6m)
by considerable amounts.
Tottenham, who just
missed out on Champions League football were the fourth biggest
beneficiaries to the agents with a 6.6m outlay.
In contrast to the clubs bankrolling
the agents to the tune of multi-millions, Southampton only handed over
646.106 whose chairman Nicola Cortese is the hardest of negotiators.
Surprised Tottenham came in fourth in the agents' fees list after signing the likes of Mousa Dembele
Import: Esteban Granero joined Rangers from Real Madrid
Another one: Brazil right back Maicon (left) also left Inter for the Premier League