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AHEAD OF THE GAME: Premier League clubs spending more than £250MILLION on agent fees was behind Government's decision to deny the top-flight a bailout Premier League clubs spent a total of £1.15billion on new players this summer That figure, plus around £250m in agent fees, is why Government won't bail football out as they are willing to do to help other sports during the pandemic More was spent on agent fees last season than the EFL wanted for a bail-out 

By Matt Hughes For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:30 BST, 9 October 2020 | Updated: 02:00 BST, 10 October 2020

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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.

Alex Telles joined Manchester United on deadline day in a £15.4million deal from Poro

Kai Havertz was the most expensive signing of the summer at £89m and that level of spending will see the Government resist a bail-out in football

Premier League clubs' spending this summer will see them denied a Government bail-out (left, £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

Jorge Mendes has had a successful transfer window helping to facilitate some huge deals

UNITED SPENT BIG ON AGENTS

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.

Many clubs will be interested in the agent fee Manchester United paid to get Edinson Cavani

Many clubs will be interested in the agent fee paid to get Edinson Cavani

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