AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe insists the fees paid to agents will be worth it if it leads to survival in the Premier League.
Over the course of the 2016 summer transfer window and the 2017 January transfer window, Premier League clubs paid a record £1.38billion on transfers, with £174million going to ‘registered intermediaries’ such as agents.
AFC Bournemouth contributed around £35million to the transfer fees spent on players.
AFC Bournemouth broke their record transfer fee on Jordon Ibe, paying £13-15million for the 20 year old England Under 21’s international.
Liverpool team-mate and 22 year old Australian international Brad Smith also joined for around £3million.
20 year old, United States of America international Emerson Hyndman joined for around £750,000 from Fulham.
20 year old France Under 20’s international Lys Mousset joined from French club Le Havre for ?7.3million and 19 year old England Under 19’s international Lewis Cook joined from Leeds United for around £6million, potentially rising to £10million.
In January, England youth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale joined from Sheffield United for a fee reported to be between £800,000 and around £1million.
AFC Bournemouth’s business was not concluded with just permanent signings however.
There was also the loan signings of of Nathan Ake from Chelsea and Jack Wilshere from Arsenal, alongside negotiations for improved and extended contracts with AFC Bournemouth first team and youth team players.
That saw the bill rise to £7.4million, the seventh highest in the top flight of English football.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“…Signing players comes at a big cost, not just the transfer fee and wages of the player, but also the agent.
“A lot of the time, the agent will dictate where their player goes so, unfortunately, it`s a sign of the modern times and the league we are in.
“It depends what you want to achieve. The bigger thing for us is to stay in the Premier League.
“That figure is worth every penny if we do and, to be competitive at this level and in this league, you have to pay those fees.”
wimborne cherries wrote…
I still fail to see how we have spent that much even taking new contracts into consideration? The club does need help at the top (boardroom level) though. Cannot have another summer of being fleeced in the transfer market – Join the conversation here.
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