By Matt Hughes For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:30 BST, 9 October 2020 | Updated: 02:00 BST, 10 October 2020
The hundreds of millions of pounds which Premier League clubs have allowed to leave the game in the form of agent fees this summer has been cited at Westminster as a key reason for denying football the bailout which the Government are expected to grant to other sports.
The 20 top-flight clubs spent a combined total of £1.15billion on new players during the summer transfer window, with an additional £250million-plus estimated to have been racked up in agent fees.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has been briefed that the £263m spent by Premier League clubs on agent fees during the 2019-20 season is actually more than the EFL are seeking as a rescue package to guarantee the survival of their 72 clubs, a fact that has not softened the Government's attitude to the top flight.
Premier League clubs' spending this summer will see them denied a Government bail-out (left, Manchester United £15.4m signing Alex Telles, and right, Chelsea's £89m man Kai Havertz)
Jorge Mendes has had a successful transfer window helping to facilitate some huge deals
Manchester United are set to be near the top of the table for spending on agent fees despite being in 10th place in this summer's transfer fee chart, with a net spend of £50.5million.
The agent fee paid to secure Edinson Cavani on a free transfer will be a particular source of interest after Inter Miami, Atletico Madrid and Benfica baulked at the demands of the Uruguayan striker's intermediaries. His agents were rumoured to have asked for as much as £9m to pave the way for the 33-year-old to move to Old Trafford — at considerable expense.