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Premier League dominates international transfers

Updated: Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 14:11 | Comments

Alvaro Negredo, one of Manchester City's overseas buys in 2013
Alvaro Negredo, one of Manchester City's overseas buys in 2013

Premier League clubs once again ruled the international transfer market in 2013, topping the $1bn-mark for the first time.

The English clubs, plus Swansea and Cardiff from Wales, spent 1.1 billion dollars (£660m) on overseas transfers last year, and of that more than £50m went straight into the pockets of agents.

The figures - revealed in the Global Transfer Market 2014 report, published by FIFA - only include international transfers between different countries.

Premier League figures released in November disclosed a total of £100m was paid to agents, including for domestic transfers.

After the Premier League, Italian clubs were the next biggest spenders on overseas transfers (£286m), followed by France (£253m), Spain (£192m) and then Germany (£144m).

Spanish clubs, however, were the biggest net earners for transfers, with net income of £150m.

The report also highlighted the growing influence of 'super clubs' such as Manchester City, Paris St Germain and Monaco, where wealthy owners provide huge sums for fast-track team strengthening.

The report states that across the world there were a total of 12,309 international transfers in 2013, 4% more than in 2012, and 90%of these were free transfers with no fee paid.

"Players with Brazilian nationality were also represented most in the international transfer market with 1,558 transfers (13% of total transfers)," says the report, with 236 players moving to and from Brazil and Portugal.

FIFA's transfers matching system aims to provide a clearing house for all international transfers, with clubs having to register agents involved plus any fees and add-ons.

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