City spend eight times as much as United on agents

MANCHESTER CITY&rsquo;S lavish recruitment policy saw them splash out almost &pound;13m in agents&rsquo; fees alone last year &ndash; more than eight times as much as champions Manchester United.<br /><br />City, who have spent close to &pound;120m on signing a host of big-name players in the last 12 months, paid agents &pound;12.9m for transfers and contract negotiations.<br /><br />But local rivals United, who retained the Premier League title and reached the Champions League final, paid middle-men a comparatively meagre &pound;1.5m, figures published yesterday by the Football Association reveal.<br /><br />City, whose performances so far this campaign have struggled to justify their huge outlay, top the agent fees table, with traditional big spenders Chelsea, who paid &pound;9.5m, second and Liverpool, on &pound;6.7m, third.<br /><br />Unfashionable Wigan (&pound;5.5m) were the fifth biggest spenders on agents&rsquo; fees, shelling out almost &pound;800,000 more than Arsenal (&pound;4.8m), in an illustration that this table can differ wildly from league positions.<br /><br />United&rsquo;s frugality is the most eye-catching, with Hull, Sunderland, Bolton and Portsmouth all above them.<br /><br />Top-flight newcomers Burnley prop up the table, having spent less than &pound;500,000.<br /><br />It is the first time that Premier League clubs have divulged how much they spend on agents, as part of new requirements designed to increase financial transparency.