Transfer Spending: The Premier League’s lead across Europe

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Spending is now over for the 2013/14 season in the big five leagues across Europe. Granted, any players without a club could make the move, with Cardiff City already providing an example of this by signing Juan Cala after the 24-year-old terminated his contract with Sevilla; however there will be no big money moves prior to the end of the season.

What this year has (again) proved is that the Premier League is the financial powerhouse in World football. Sure there are big spending teams in other leagues, such as Paris Saint Germain and Monaco in Ligue 1, but no other league sees such a collective vast spending in comparison to Premier League clubs throughout the division. Using figures from, Premier League clubs have combined to spend more than £400 million more than the collected efforts of clubs in other leagues between the last two transfer windows:

Spending 2013-14

The combined efforts of two leagues would not be enough to surpass the spending of Premier League clubs over the last two transfer windows, highlighting the effect of the new television deal behind English clubs. This is further highlighted by the transfer income for Premier League clubs, with La Liga and Serie A clubs receiving a higher total revenue despite spending less:

Income 2013-14

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