Arsenal spent £16.46million on agent fees in the space of 12 months up to February 1, according to new figures released by the Football Association, while the total spent by Premier League clubs hit £272million at a time when questions continue to be raised about the game’s financial strength post-pandemic.
The bulk of the Gunners’ spend will have come from the summer deals for Thomas Partey and Willian in addition to the loan for Martin Odegaard in the winter.
Arsenal were just behind their north London rivals Tottenham, who paid £16.52million, while Chelsea spent a league high £35.2million following a summer spree that saw seven new players arrive at Stamford Bridge for more than £220million.
Only one other Premier League team – Manchester City – spent more than £30million on intermediary fees in the same timespan, which includes last summer’s transfer window and this January market, with Manchester United the third biggest spenders on £29million.
West Ham United paid £9.7million, with Fulham on £9.4million and Crystal Palace the third lowest at £6.7million.
The total Premier League figure rose by £9million compared to a year previous.
More than £40million was spent among Championship clubs with the total for every league club coming in at a whopping £317million.
London clubs’ net total paid to agents and intermediaries between 1 February 2020 and 1 February 2021
Arsenal £16,462,480; Chelsea £35,247,822; Crystal Palace £6,760,093; Fulham £9,347,928; Tottenham Hotspur £16,520,177; West Ham United £9,689,567. Premier League total: £272,220,223
Championship total: £40,753,529; League One total: £3,082,105; League Two total: £1,069,115; National League Premier: £271,838.