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Everton spend £19.1 million on agent fees in 2018/19

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The Blues were the fifth highest spenders on agent fees in the Premier League

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Everton paid a whopping £19.1 million to agents over 2018/19, newly released figures have revealed.

That figure means they spent £7 million more on agent fees, a 57% increase in that area, compared to the previous year.

The Blues were the fifth-highest spending Premier League club when it came to agent fees, with Liverpool (£43.8m), Chelsea (£26.9m), Manchester City (£24.1m) and Manchester United (£20.8m) filling the top four spots.

The figures will not come as a surprise to most given the work that Everton did during the transfer window last summer.

Six first-team players arrived at the club in the summer, with big fees being spent on the likes of Richarlison, Yerry Mina and Lucas Digne. There was also loan moves for Andre Gomes and Kurt Zouma.

Coupled with 23 departures, which included permanent transfers for the likes of Wayne Rooney and Davy Klaassen, and numerous loan moves, it’s no wonder Everton spent so much on dealing with agents.

What will be most concerning is Everton’s spend compared those around them in the table. The Blues spent significantly more than Watford FC, Wolverhampton, Leicester City, and West Ham United. They also spent nearly £8 million more than Tottenham Hotspur, who sit 21 points ahead of the Toffees at present.

That is the issue that Marcel Brands will look to address moving forward, as the Dutchman seeks to get better value for money for majority shareowner Farhad Moshiri in the transfer market.