Liverpool will have been happy with the outcome of negotiations with super agent Jorge Mendes over the summer signing of Diogo Jota.
That is according to finance expert and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after figures released by the FA detailed that Liverpool spent £21.65million on agents’ fees over the last two transfer windows.
Jota – who is represented by Mendes’ Gestifute agency – signed from Wolves in the summer in a £40m deal, taking Liverpool’s total spend in 2020-21 to £74m.
The club also rewarded youngsters Harvey Elliot, Curtis Jones and Neco Williams with new deals in that timeframe.
The £21.65m figure represents the lowest outlay in terms of intermediary fees of all the teams that finished in last season’s top-four.
Maguire explained that calculating agents’ fees depends on many variable factors but that Liverpool will be happy with the outcome of negotiations with Mendes.
“I’m always a little bit cautious about these agents’ fees,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“Sometimes it can be that one deal has an awful lot of money and agents’ fees attached to it and then you might have three or four others which just sweep through and cost very little.
“But I think Liverpool will be happy overall. They signed Jota and therefore presumably had to deal with Mendes. He’s gonna suck up a lot of cash. So in that regard, I’m sure they’ll be pleased with this figure.”
The FA’s figures show that deal was one of five in which Gestifute’s hand was detected between February 2020 and February 2021.