Premier League players could be set for a £480 million wage bonanza as a result of the new television deal that will be implemented this summer.
The Deloitte Annual Review 2013 says previous trends suggest that up to 80 per cent of the additional £600m clubs will receive will go to the pockets of players.
Wage bills for all employees at Premier League clubs reached £1.658bn for the season 2011/12, which the report focuses on. Manchester City were top payers at £202m. Swansea were bottom at £35m. The new television deal will land clubs an additional annual figure of between £25m and £35m.
The report states: "If historic trends are repeated, increasing wages will absorb about 80 per cent [£480m] of the extra revenue."