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Premier League clubs spend $151m on agents

Published on Dec 1, 2012 6:20 AM
Manchester City's manager Roberto Mancini laughs during a news conference at the club's Carrington training complex in Manchester, northern England November 20, 2012. City are set to play Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - English Premier League clubs paid out 77 million pounds (S$151 million) to agents over the past year, with champions Manchester City alone spending more than 10 million pounds, a report revealed.

Roberto Mancini's side's expenditure of 10,537,982 pounds was up from 9,663,700 with struggling Liverpool second having spent 8,600,444 pounds, an increase from 7,000,242 pounds.

The Premier League report listed bottom club Queen's Park Rangers, bank-rolled by Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes, as having spent the third largest amount on agents, with their figure trebling to 6,818,688 pounds.

Payments made by each Premier League club to agents from Oct 1, 2011 to Sept 30, 2012; Arsenal 5,580,873 pounds, Aston Villa 2,730,539 pounds, Chelsea 6,490,382 pounds, Everton 3,092,891 pounds, Fulham 2,581,208 pounds, Liverpool 8,600,444 pounds, Manchester City 10,537,982 pounds, Manchester United 3,681,580 pounds, Newcastle 3,485,503 pounds, Norwich 1,248,725 pounds, QPR 6,818,688 pounds, Reading 2,167,833 pounds, Southampton 646,106 pounds, Stoke 1,717,266 pounds, Sunderland 2,173,762 pounds, Swansea 1,100,845 pounds, Tottenham 6,595,905 pounds, West Brom 1,341,301 pounds, West Ham 4,436,992 pounds, Wigan 1,974,305 pounds.