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Chelsea top Premier League clubs for agent fees as figures show mass spending

No Premier League club has spent more on agent fees over the past 12 months than Chelsea.

The Blues appeared least affected by the financial impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on football globally.

Under the guidance of former boss Frank Lampard, the west Londoners went on a huge shopping spree last summer before the Chelsea legend was sacked and replaced by Thomas Tuchel earlier this year.

From February last year to the same month in 2021, £35m was paid to agents at Stamford Bridge.

That staggering amount came after a combined outlay of over £250m on incoming transfers.

The FA have confirmed those agent figures, which also cover new contracts as well as signings.

In all, £272m was paid to agents by Premier League teams during the 12-month window.

Chelsea’s signings included big names like Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner, Thiago Silva, Kai Havertz.

Elsewhere, Manchester City were unsurprisingly second on the list after spending just over £30m on agent fees.

The likes of Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres were all added to Pep Guardiola’s squad during the past year.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United were not far behind, having paid agents £29.8m in the same period at Old Trafford.

Reigning Premier League champions Liverpool were fourth in the rankings, but had a significantly lower total of less than £22m.

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  • North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal were next and coincidentally spent very similar figures around the £16.5m mark.

    At the other end of the table, West Brom were bottom, having paid agents just £4.2m since being promoted, with Burnley close to that with just below £4.5m.

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