Pandemic, what pandemic?! Premier League clubs splash out £272MILLION on agents’ fees, with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United the top spenders… while West Brom and Burnley pay the least
- Premier League increased their spending on agents’ fees by £9m in the last year
- Chelsea were the biggest Premier League spenders on agents’ fees with £35m
- Premier League champions-elect Manchester City were next highest on £30m
- In total, Premier League clubs spent £272,220,223 on such fees – a £9m increase
Premier League clubs have increased their spending on agents’ fees by £9million in the last 12 months, despite the coronavirus pandemic causing devastating financial damage to top-flight clubs.
Chelsea were the biggest Premier League spenders on agents’ fees in the 12 months to the start of February 2021, new data released by the Football Association shows.
The Blues embarked on a huge spending spree last summer to bring in the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell among others and spent £35,247,822 on agents’ fees.
Premier League clubs increased their spending on agents’ fees by £9m in the last 12 months
Manchester City were the next highest spenders with £30m as top-flight clubs spent £272m
The FA’s report on intermediary fees between February 1, 2020 and the same date this year found the west London club spent £35,247,822.
The Manchester clubs were the next biggest spenders, with City’s outlay £30,174,615 and United’s £29,801,555.
Pep Guardiola brought in Ruben Dias, Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake while Donny van de Beek and Alex Telles were the big-name arrivals at Old Trafford.
Reigning champions Liverpool posted an outlay of £21,652,589 on agents fees after they brought in Diogo Jota from Wolves, Kostas Tsimikas and Thiago Alcantara.
The lowest top-flight spenders on agents’ fees were West Brom, whose outlay was £4,222,059.
In total, Premier League clubs spent £272,220,223 on such fees between February 1, 2020 and February 1, 2021, despite clubs suffering major losses due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Man United spent slightly less – £29,801,555 with West Brom the lowest top-flight spenders
The huge outlay comes despite clubs suffering major losses due to the coronavirus pandemic
The Centre for Economics and Business Research found top-flight clubs had spent a combined £1.24billion in the summer 2020 transfer window.
The total was actually higher than the amount spent by Premier League sides between February 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020, when the figure was £263,368,860.
It comes after the income sources for top-flight clubs were ruined by the Covid-19 pandemic with fans locked out of grounds for a whole year now.
A limited number of fans were allowed into grounds briefly before Christmas before the UK was put into another lockdown.
Spending on agents’ fees was down by more than £9million in the Championship compared to the previous 12 months.
Second-tier clubs splashed out £40,753,529 in total between February 2020 and February 2021, with league leaders Norwich spending the most – £6,827,037.
Spending on agents was also slightly down in Leagues One and Two compared to the previous 12 months.
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