Arsenal have revealed that they spent £4.6 million on agent fees between October 2010 and September 2011, a figure which represents a rise of £1.1 million on last year.
Given the record influx of players during the last transfer window and the number of squad members who have left the club over the course of the last twelve months the small rise is perhaps unsurprising. Indeed the figure is actually £200,000 less than the £4.8m paid out during the 2008/09 period; a sum which led Arsene Wenger to call at the time for a cap on such fees.
Arsenal are by no means the biggest spenders on agents in the Premier League. Figures released this afternoon confirmed (again unsurprisingly) that Manchester City lead the way, while the likes of Harry Redknapp (single-handedly), Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle also spent more than the Gunners. The average spend per top flight club works out at £3.6 million.
Arseblog News can’t help but wonder how much Darren Dein has profiteered from moving on player after player from the Emirates in recent seasons. Known to have advised Clichy, Fabregas and Thierry Henry in the recent past, the son of former chief executive David Dein is also Robin van Persie’s representative. A worrying state of affairs.
Club-by-club spending on agents’ fees between October 1 2010 and September 30 2011:
Man City £9.7m
Man Utd £4.5m
Aston Villa £3.2m
West Brom £1.3m