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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Premier League clubs spent £100m on payments to agents in the last year

Chelsea and owner Roman Abramovich paid out the most to player agents over the past year
Chelsea and owner Roman Abramovich paid out the most to player agents over the past year

Nick Purewal

Premier League clubs spent nearly £100 million on agents’ fees this year with Chelsea and Manchester City leading the way, according to new figures released last night.

The staggering total of £96.7m, for a period which covered the January and summer transfer windows, represented an increase of almost £20m from the amount English football’s 20 top-flight clubs paid out to middlemen last year.

Chelsea, who signed new players such as Demba Ba, Willian and Samuel Eto’o in the last 12 months as well as changing their manager, were the highest spenders, handing £13.7m to agents. This figure is close to double their 2012 total.

Manchester City’s payments to brokers also rose this year - from £10.5m to £11.8m – following a busy summer which saw them sign Fernandinho, Alvaro Negredo and Steven Jovetic for high fees. City also changed their manager with Roberto Mancini succeeded by Manuel Pellegrini.

The Premier League’s  annual report of payments to agents placed Tottenham in third, having spent £9.8m, and Liverpool in fourth on £9.4m. Crystal Palace were the most frugal, spending £869,531.

Payments made by Barclays Premier League clubs to agents between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013:

Arsenal: £5,485,961

Aston Villa: £3,358,628

Cardiff: £2,225,582

Chelsea: £13,721,721

Crystal Palace: £869,531

Everton: £3,225,159

Fulham: £3,790,115

Hull City: £1,825,718

Liverpool: £9,400,973

Manchester City: £11,179,817

Manchester United: £4,317,690

Newcastle: £7,294,018

Norwich: £2,308,987

Southampton: £2,184,412

Stoke: £3,191,808

Sunderland: £4,640,227

Swansea: £1,484,878

Tottenham: £9,787,676

West Brom: £2,211,054

West Ham: £4,169,134

 

Payments made by each Premier League club to agents between October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012, first published November 30, 2012:

Arsenal: £5,580,873

Aston villa: £2,730,539

Chelsea: £6,490,382

Everton: £3,092,891

Fulham: £2,581,208

Liverpool: £8,600,444

Manchester City: £10,537,982

Manchester United: £3,681,580

Newcastle: £3,485,503

Norwich: £1,248,725

Queens Park Rangers: £6,818,688

Reading: £2,167,833

Southampton: £646,106

Stoke: £1,717,266

Sunderland: £2,173,762

Swansea: £1,100,845

Tottenham: £6,595,905

West Brom: £1,341,301

West Ham: £4,436,992

Wigan: £1,974,305

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