By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsenal have spent £12million on agents’ fees in the last year despite only buying two senior players, official Premier League figures revealed on Monday.
The Gunners have spent only £2million less than Liverpool, who top the charts, on middle men in the last 12 months.
Arsene Wenger’s only senior signings in the period from October 2014 to September 2015 were defender Gabriel in January and Petr Cech in the summer, although they also bought teenager Krystian Bielik last winter.
By contrast, Liverpool, who spent £14.3million on agents in the same period, bought seven new players last summer.
Manchester clubs United and City are also in the top three, after spending £13.9million and £12.4millon respectively, with Chelsea rounding off the top four.
West Ham’s Europa League spending spree saw them rack up over £7m, ahead of Tottenham, who spent £6million. Newly promoted Watford were the lowest spenders, with £1.6million committed to middle men.
The Premier League report revealed that in total the 20 top flight clubs committed an astonishing £130million on agents’ fees over the last year.
The two windows saw 172 transfers take place into the Premier League, while 573 players left or were loaned out.
Added to the 542 new and renewed contract deals, there were almost 1,300 deals done in the year which could have seen payments made to agents.
The total of £130million is up almost £15million on the previous year, although Liverpool’s total is almost identical to their 2013-14 figures, with Chelsea, who spent almost £17million, were the top-spending club for that year.
The increase in clubs’ TV payments means that the upward trend is only likely to increase, with the January transfer window promising increased spending.