A report from the Guardian into the summer transfer window in Europe has asserted that top leading clubs have paid 16% more for players than five years ago.
New Manchester United signing Angel di Maria and former Chelsea defender David Luiz were among those transfers considered means over the market speed.
“Our new data analysis has shown that total, clubs paid on average 16% more than they invested in the five previous years for players with similar features,” CIES said.
“This supports the ongoing inflation tendency of the transfer marketplace in the very top end of the football pyramid.
“The inflation trend is principally due to the sums spent by some of affluent clubs ready to pay over a player’s worth to receive the one with the best ability.”