AGENTS walked away from the 20 Premier League clubs with a staggering £ 272million this season – despite the pandemic.

While top-tier transfer fees fell by £ 201million in the summer and more than £ 150million in January, cash paid to agents and intermediaries fell over the season ABOVE around £ 9m.

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Chelsea have spent more than £ 35m on brokerage fees this season alone, most of them in the Premier LeaguePhoto credit: Getty

Chelsea spent £ 250m on signings in January, including Germans Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, neither of whom raised many trees.

And the Blues were also at the top of the agent table, splashing out £ 35,247,822 in fees.

It was followed by Manchester City, which paid out £ 30,147,615, and Manchester United, whose expense was £ 29,801,555.

Another seven Premier League clubs paid more than £ 10m in fees, led by Liverpool, which paid £ 21,652,589.

The others were Arsenal, Everton, Leicester, Newcastle – which will shock and surprise the Toon fans – Spurs and Wolves.

The West Brom carried was the lowest payer at £ 4,222,059.

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Many of the payments relate to existing contracts with tiered payments to the sales of clubs and agents, while new deals and bonuses also have intermediaries in the money.

Further down the pyramid, Championship clubs paid out £ 40.7 million, ranging from £ 6,827,037 paid by relegated Norwich to Wycombe’s bill of just £ 126,053.

Seven League One clubs and Salford in League Two paid more agents than Wycombe, with Hull cashing out over £ 543,000.

League One Gillingham was the only club in the top four divisions of the English game that didn’t pay agents a cent in fees.

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