Leeds United spent £7million in agents’ fees over the last year and are excellent value for money at that rate.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after the FA released its annual report on payments and transactions between third parties and English clubs.
Only four Premier League clubs – West Brom, Southampton, Crystal Palace and Burnley – spent less in intermediary fees for the year ending 1 February 2021.
Leeds spent £96m in the summer, with Rodrigo Moreno, Diego Llorente, Raphinha, Helder Costa, Robin Koch, Illan Meslier and Joe Gelhardt all signing for seven-figure sums.
Maguire explains that calculating agents’ fees is not an exact science but that Leeds have done well to keep the costs down in this area.
“I’d say £7m is a good outlay, it’s definitely in a good ballpark,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“A lot depends on the complexity of individual transfers. Leeds is an attractive opposition so it’s not as if they need agents to find the club players. That almost always wouldn’t be the case in a Premier League club.
“But I think they are good value for this. You only need to take a look at the Brazilian lad, Raphinha, who they’ve got to see that they have negotiated very well.”
Leeds are gunning for a top-half finish in their first season in the top-flight since 2004.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are currently 11th with 39 points with nine games remaining.