Premier League clubs paid a record-shattering £174 million to agents in a single year, it was revealed on Friday.
Figures published by the Football Association also showed that Manchester City handed over more than £26million – another record – and Chelsea more than £25m to middlemen between February 2016 and 2017.
The figures are the first for a full year released by the FA following a change to Fifa rules, with the previous set covering October 2015 to February 2016.
Those showed Premier clubs had paid a combined total of £47m to agents, the equivalent of around £140m pro-rata, with Manchester United the top spenders with £10m.
The previous annual record of £129.9m between October 2014 and 2015 came when the Premier League took charge of publishing the figures.
United (£19m) were the third-highest spenders in the table released yesterday [on Friday], well ahead of fourth-placed Liverpool (£13.79m).
That means City (£26.29m) and Chelsea (£25.05m) each spent virtually twice as much on agents as every Premier League club barring United, between them accounting for almost 30 per cent of the 20-team total.
City have spent more than £180m on new signings in Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge, including on John Stones (£47m), Leroy Sane (£42.5m), Gabriel Jesus (£27.2m) and Ilkay Gudogan (£23m).
New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte splashed out almost £113m on the likes of Michy Batshuayi (£33.2m), N’Golo Kante (£30.4m), David Luiz (£29.8m) and Marcos Alonson (£19.6m).
United, meanwhile, spent most of their £157.3m outlay on Paul Pogba (£89.3m).
Championship leaders Newcastle United were actually the fifth biggest spenders on agents fees with £10.5m, more even than Arsenal (£10.2m).
The smallest outlay in the Premier League came from the promoted teams, led by Hull City (£1.9m).
Middlesbrough (£2.5m) and Burnley (£2.6m) were the next lowest.
Minnows Bournemouth, however, were surprisingly the seventh highest top-flight spenders, splashing out more (£7.4m) than title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur (£7.2m).