The five largest football leagues in Europe have spent more money in the last transfer period than ever before. The clubs at the highest level in England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France spent almost 5.5 billion euros in total.

The calculated accounting firm Deloitte Tuesday, one day after the European transfer market closed, commissioned by the BBC. The previous record dates from a year ago, when 880 million million euros less was spent than this summer.

In England, where the transfer market already closed on 8 August, the most spent was 1.55 billion euros. The Premier League is followed by the Spanish La Liga (1.36 billion), the Italian Serie A (1.17 billion), the German Bundesliga (740 million) and the French Ligue 1 (670 million).

Although England continues to lead the list, spending in Spain rose the fastest. The twenty clubs in La Liga spent twice as much money as two years ago and for the first time exceeded the one billion euro mark.

The most expensive transfer was that of 19-year-old Portuguese João Félix, who transferred from Benfica to Atlético Madrid for 126 million euros. Matthijs de Ligt (for 85.5 million from Ajax to Juventus) and Frenkie de Jong (for 75 million from Ajax to Barcelona) were the Dutch for whom the most was spent.

According to Deloitte, the expenditure record is mainly the result of higher income from television contracts. A number of trainer changes, which is often accompanied by a major renewal of the team, also play a major role.