From February 2020 to February 2021, the 20 Premier League clubs paid more than € 319 million in commissions to agents on the sidelines of their transfers. A figure on the rise despite the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.
If the English transfer market has, like everywhere, suffered the economic consequences of Covid-19, the portfolio of players’ agents across the Channel still looks great. According to data released on Wednesday by the English Federation, Premier League clubs paid them 319.8 million in commissions between February 2020 and February 2021. That is 10 million more than last year.
Hyperactive on the last summer transfer window, Chelsea is logically the most generous club with its agents. The arrivals of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell or Hakim Ziyech led the Blues to spend more than 41.4 million euros in commissions. A first place without surprise: last year, Chelsea, yet banned from recruiting by FIFA, had distributed more than 29 million euros to various agents.
Manchester City and United complete the podium
The two Manchester clubs, City (36.1 million euros) and United (35 million), complete the podium. Leader of the standings last year, Liverpool spent “only” 25.4 million euros in commissions over the past year. Penultimate in the Premier League, West Bromwich is the least spending club. The Baggies distributed less than five million euros in commissions.
Of the 92 clubs studied by the Federation, only Gillingham in the third division, has not paid a single pound sterling to its agents. With success: tenth, the small Kent club will maintain itself without difficulty in League One.