The FA says Premier League clubs spent £263m on intermediary and agents’ fees between February 1 2019 and January 31 2020.
Premier League leaders Liverpool were the biggest spenders, paying £30.3m over the 12-month period in question.
Next in the list were the Manchester clubs. with City spending £29m and United parting with £27.6m.
Chelsea (£26.2) were the other club to spend more than £20m.
The lowest spenders were Burnley, who only paid £3.9m, with Norwich (£4.9m) and Sheffield United (£4.3) also spending less than £5m.
Championship clubs paid out £49m on intermediary and agents’ fees for the same period but the figures were a lot smaller further down the pyramid.
League One clubs paid £3.9m, League Two clubs £1.7m and just £319,000 was spent by clubs in the National League and below.