New figures published by the English Football Association (FA) today revealed that Premier League clubs paid more to agents in the 12 months up to February 1, 2021 than they had in any prior season.

Despite a year of financial hardship across the league that led to restricted transfer spending expenditure on intermediaries rose to  $374.6 million (£272.2 million), a slight upswing on the previous year's $362.5 million (£263.4 million). Chelsea were the most significant spenders on agents and intermediaries, spending $48.4 million (£35.2 million) during a period in which they invested heavily in their first team squad, signing the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech for major fees.