Premier League clubs spent £100m on payments to agents in the last year
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:
Aston Villa: £3,358,628
Crystal Palace: £869,531
Hull City: £1,825,718
Manchester City: £11,179,817
Manchester United: £4,317,690
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:
Aston villa: £2,730,539
Manchester City: £10,537,982
Manchester United: £3,681,580
Queens Park Rangers: £6,818,688
West Brom: £1,341,301
West Ham: £4,436,992