English clubs lead the way in transfer spending


English clubs lead the way in transfer spending
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In Summary

  • FIFA's International Transfer Snapshot report said English clubs shelled out Sh126.2 billion on players in the window, which was more than the next two countries - Spain (Sh52.2 billion) and France (S47.2 billion) - put together
  • German and French clubs - Sh50.9 billion and Sh50.3 billion respectively - were ahead of England (Sh45 billion) in terms of income from transfer fees, with the top five rounded off by Italy (Sh44.9 billion) and Spain (Sh28.6 billion)

English clubs spent the most money on players among FIFA’s member associations in the transfer window which ran from June to August, world soccer’s governing body said on Tuesday.

FIFA’s International Transfer Snapshot report said English clubs shelled out Sh126.2 billion on players in the window, which was more than the next two countries – Spain (Sh52.2 billion) and France (S47.2 billion) – put together.

English clubs also topped the table for incoming transfers, down from 485 last year to 380, while outgoing transfers fell from 524 to 494.

German and French clubs – Sh50.9 billion and Sh50.3 billion respectively – were ahead of England (Sh45 billion) in terms of income from transfer fees, with the top five rounded off by Italy (Sh44.9 billion) and Spain (Sh28.6 billion).

The report added that total fees in the international transfers of players amounted to Sh409.5 billion, a decline of 7.5 per cent from last year and just over 60 per cent of the record set in 2019.

On the women’s side, there were 576 transfers in all, an 8.7 per cent jump from 2020, while the number of deals involving a fee went up from 18 to 31, a jump of 72.2 per cent.

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