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Spurs spend £11m on agent fees despite not signing a single player

Premier League clubs paid an astonishing 260,664,118 in fees to agents and intermediaries during the year leading up to the 2018/19 season, including Tottenham Hotspur lavishing £11,141,255 despite not signing a single player.

The overall club’s figure is an increase of over 20% from last season which totalled 211,011,187. Liverpool managed to remain the league leaders, nearly doubling their total from last season.

Signings of Allison, Keita, Fabinho, and Shaqiri all contributed to the large sum, which was 17m more than the next closest club, Chelsea at 26.8m. Watford were the only other club who actually spent less this year than the last alongside Spurs.

Despite the numerous signings Fulham made upon re-entry to the Premier League and paying over 8m in agents fees, the side were relegated after their 4-1 loss to Watford.

Alongside them in relegation, Huddersfield doubled their spending on agents fees from 2.5m to 5m. Burnley and Cardiff were the most frugal clubs, splashing out just below 4m and 3m in fees respectively.

Agent fees have been a very thoroughly debated topic in football, especially since the dramatic increase in transfer fees. Most see the cash as leaving the game and not generating economic positivity between clubs and many have called for agents fees to be reduced.

The Premier League is hoping to bring tougher regulation when it comes to player’s agents, potentially capping their earning on deals or limiting them to a flat percentage of the transfer fee. The idea of players paying their own agents for their services is also being looked at seriously as a potential solution, though this would simply be shifting the responsibility.

Below is the list in order of highest spend:

LIVERPOOL: £43,795,863

CHELSEA: £26,850,552

MANCHESTER CITY: £24,122,753

MANCHESTER UNITED: £20,759,350

EVERTON: £19,116,370

WEST HAM: £14,414,845

LEICESTER CITY: £12,720,618

ARSENAL: £11,181,730

TOTTENHAM: £11,141,255

WATFORD: £10,894,179

BOURNEMOUTH: £10,295,433

NEWCASTLE: £8,868,027

FULHAM: £8,234,360

CRYSTAL PALACE: £6,976,425

BRIGHTON: £6,859,429

WOLVES: £6,479,714

SOUTHAMPTON: £6,151,107

HUDDERSFIELD: £5,023,807

BURNLEY: £3,975,928

CARDIFF: £2,802,375

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L P
1 Manchester City 27 20 5 2 65
2 Manchester United 27 14 9 4 51
3 Leicester City 27 15 5 7 50
4 West Ham United 26 13 6 7 45
5 Chelsea 26 12 8 6 44
6 Liverpool 26 12 7 7 43
7 Everton 25 13 4 8 43
8 Tottenham Hotspur 25 11 6 8 39
9 Aston Villa 25 12 3 10 39
10 Arsenal 26 11 4 11 37
11 Leeds United 26 11 2 13 35
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 9 7 11 34
13 Crystal Palace 27 9 7 11 34
14 Southampton 26 8 6 12 30
15 Burnley 27 7 8 12 29
16 Brighton & Hov… 26 5 11 10 26
17 Newcastle United 26 7 5 14 26
18 Fulham 26 4 11 11 23
19 West Bromwich Albion 26 3 8 15 17
20 Sheffield United 27 4 2 21 14

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