premiershipFor the first time, Premiership clubs released agent fee reports, which revealed a couple of interesting statistics about the financial dealings of some clubs. Agents act as the middle man in transfer deals and receive part of the transfer sum—usually, the larger the deal is, the better they get paid. Contract renewals also play a part in their earnings.

Only La Liga has been able to rival the Premiership this season in terms of big-money transfers, which are approaching astronomical sums. Last season alone the English clubs shared that they spent £70.7 million on agent fees, and this season the sums have grown even bigger.

The following table (below) reveals the weekly spendings in British pounds of the 20 Premiership clubs. The top is really no surprise—Man City bought everyone under the sun and have managed to displace even Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea. The only real shocker is that Manchester United find themselves behind clubs like Blackburn and Hull. In a way, though, it does make sense. They have hardly bought anyone expensive in the past few years, and many of their top stars are getting too old for long-term contract deals. As this season has proved, they are suffering without Christiano Ronaldo, and their squad lacks the quality and depth of many teams above them on the list.

1. Manchester City – £12,874,283
2. Chelsea – £9,562,223
3. Liverpool – £6,657,305
4. Tottenham – £6,066,935
5. Wigan – £5,527,548
6. Arsenal – £4,760,241
7. West Ham – £3,576,972
8. Portsmouth – £3,184,725
9. Bolton – £3,166,611
10. Everton – £2,008,407
11. Sunderland – £2,007,040
12 Aston Villa – £1,708,374
13. Blackburn – £1,610,885
14. Hull – £1,599,188
15. Manchester United – £1,517,393
16. Fulham – £1,469,258
17. Wolves – £1,235,703
18. Birmingham – £974,982
19. Stoke – £716,042
20. Burnley – £468,398

I think it is also interesting to notice that the teams that spend the most are also at the top of the league’s table. This is not only true in the English Premiership but also all other European soccer leagues. This divide is even more pronounced for the small leagues such as the Greek Super League which for the last 20 years has been dominated by the two richest clubs Olympiakos and Panathinaikos.


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