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Figures revealed today by the Premier League show that the 20 clubs paid a record £96m in fees to agents in the past year, with Chelsea leading the way as they spent more than £13m.

Chelsea's outlay reflects their transfer market activity following the return of Jose Mourinho as manager.

Manchester City, who had spent more on fees than anyone else for the previous two years, spent £11m.

Champions Manchester United spent £4m despite struggling to add to their squad in the summer transfer window.

In total, clubs paid £19m more than last year to agents following the increase in revenue from the new television deal and averaged more than £4.5 million each.

Crystal Palace were the only club to spend less than a million on fees, paying £869,532 to agents.

Chelsea recruited Andre Schurrle, Willian and Samuel Eto'o during the close season to help their title challenge, while the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City manager prompted the recruitment of Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo.

Tottenham paid a £9m in agents fees having spent heavily to expand their squad following Gareth Bale's record-breaking transfer to Real Madrid, bringing in players like Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela.

By contrast, Manchester United made only one major signing following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, with Marouane Fellaini joining from Everton on deadline day.

Southampton, one of the surprise packages of the season, spent £2m on fees.

Total money spent on agents (Oct 2012-Sep 2013) 
Source: Premier League
 
Chelsea

 £13,721,721
 
Manchester City

 £11,179,817
 
Tottenham Hotspur

 £9,787,676
 
Liverpool
 £9,400,973
 
Newcastle United
 £7,294,018
 
Arsenal

 £5,485,961
 
Sunderland
 £4,640,227
 
Manchester United
 £4,317,690
 
West Ham United
 £4,169,134
 
Fulham
 £3,790,115
 
Aston Villa
 £3,358,628
 
Everton
 £3,225,159
 
Stoke City
 £3,191,808
 
Norwich City
 £2,308,987
 
Cardiff City
 £2,225,582
 
West Bromwich Albion
 £2,211,054
 
Southampton
 £2,184,412
 
Hull City
 £1,825,718
 
Swansea City
 £1,484,878
 
Crystal Palace
 £869,531