Last updated : 29 September 2004 By editor

United maybe being open and honest about the fees paid to agents but when are they going to turn round and say no to these parasites.

After analysing the club accounts the Mirror reports:

'United have paid £5m to agents, with a further £3.5m dependent on future player performances and appearances.

And that incredible figure does not even include the £1.5m paid to agents involved in the £27m acquisition of Wayne Rooney from Everton last month.

The biggest chunk was paid to so-called "super-agent" Pini Zahavi, the Israeli who has close links with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who received £1.8m last year. Zahavi was paid £825,000 for his role in Rio Ferdinand's £30m move to United and £500,000 for helping to move Juan Veron to Chelsea last summer. He was also paid £500,000 for his part in the £12.5m transfer of Louis Saha from Fulham to United in January.

But the biggest fee of £1.1m was paid to Italian agent Giovanni Branchini, for his part in the £12.24m signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Sporting Lisbon.'