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English Clubs Are Football's Biggest Spenders

Tue 8th Sep 2015 | FIFA

English clubs spent more than double their rivals on the continent according to official figures released today.

Figures released today by FIFA TMS, the transfer matching system used for all international transfers, showed that English clubs spent a record $996m during the summer transfer window, compared to Spain’s $495m.

The spending power of the Premier League was unmatched with Spanish clubs spending 23% less than in 2014, whilst French clubs spent only $270m – a decrease of 65% on 2014.

This year, for the first time, the transfer window analysis includes a special report disclosing the official salary figures for all worldwide transfers. The findings reveal that since 2013, player salaries have constituted 57% of the funds circulated in the international transfer market. Transfer fees accounted for 41% and club intermediary commissions the remaining 2%.

The report also reveals that 80% of the total amount of salaries committed in the context of international transfers since 2013 can be attributed to UEFA clubs. These clubs lead the trend in paying the highest average salaries, with AFC clubs following closely behind. Average salaries tend to grow with age, often peaking at 28 years of age and decreasing afterwards. 

Speaking about the launch of the Big 5 report, FIFA TMS General Manager Mark Goddard said: “Most of the transfers discussed in the media involve large transfer fees, but in reality, only 13% of all worldwide transfers involve the payment of a fee. Salaries, though, are part of every single contract.

In 2014 alone, clubs and players signed contracts for USD 6.02 billion, which added to the USD 4.07 billion in transfer fees and USD 238 million in intermediaries’ commissions make the total value of these transfers a staggering USD 10.33 billion.”

The Big 5 countries recorded a total of 1,340 incoming international transfers during this summer’s transfer window, an increase of 4% when compared to the same period last year. Transfer spending for the Big 5 countries reached USD 2,396 million, an increase of 2% compared to last year’s summer window. 

The FIFA TMS BIG 5 report is available for purchase at www.fifatms.com.

Source of data

The information contained in this press release is based on individual transaction data provided directly by more than 6,500 professional football clubs in ITMS. All data was extracted from ITMS on 02 September 2015.

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