The FA have released details of the fees paid by every club in England to agents and intermediaries for the year up to February 2023.
In total, Arsenal spent the fifth highest amount in the Premier League; £16.75 million in total, a figure that’s slightly down on 2022’s £18.65 million.
Arsenal were big spenders in both the summer and winter transfer windows recruiting Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos, Matt Turner, Jorginho, Jakub Kiwior and Leandro Trossard.
In the same period, 37 players embarked on loan moves elsewhere while 12 left the club on a permanent basis.
In total, Premier League clubs parted with more than £318 million as they looked to recruit and sell players. That includes a whopping £51.5 million by Manchester City, the majority of which is thought to have lined the pockets of Erling Haaland’s representatives.
Last week, the BBC reported that financial experts have estimated Premier League clubs may have avoided paying £250m in tax over a three-year period.
It’s claimed that HMRC is investigating a number of clubs for use of so-called “dual representation contracts”, which sees an agent paid for acting for both the player and the club involved in the deal.
Arsenal intermediary fees since 2016
2016 – £3.13 million
2017 – £10.15 million
2018 – £10.56 million
2019 – £11.18 million
2020 – £13.55 million
2021 – £16.46 million
2022 – £18.65 million
2023 – £16.75 million