ZURICH (AFP) - Player salaries now account for more than international transfer fees, world football governing body Fifa revealed on Tuesday.
In its annual Transfer Matching System (TMS) Big 5 report covering England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, Fifa said that since 2013 players have received some 57per cent of funds.
Transfer fees accounted for 41per cent and club intermediary commissions the remaining 2 per cent.
The report also revealed that 80 per cent of the total amount of salaries committed in the context of international transfers since 2013 can be attributed to European clubs.
English clubs spent twice as much as any other country on transfers during the summer - US$996 million, compared to Spain's US$495 million, which was 23 per cent less than the sum spent in the summer of 2014.
German clubs received US$300million in transfer fees for the players they sold abroad - more than double the previous summer, with 74 per cent of the money coming from England.
In comparison to last summer, spending on international transfers only increased in Italy and France.
The Big 5 countries recorded a total of 1,340 incoming international transfers during this summer's transfer window - an increase of 4 per cent on last year.
Transfer spending for the Big 5 reached US$2.396 billion, an increase of 2 per cent compared to last year's summer window.