By Simon Evans
MANCHESTER, England, Jan 18 (.) – The amount of money spent on player transfers in international soccer fell 23.4% last year as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was felt across countries. sport levels.
Figures released Monday by FIFA show that total global spending was $ 5.63 billion, down from the $ 7.35 billion spent in 2019.
The total was the lowest spent on players since 2016, when transactions reached $ 4.6 billion.
Most of the transfer spending went to European clubs, and most faced periods of match suspension after quarantines and restrictions were applied starting in March.
English clubs topped the spending charts with $ 1,627 million, Italy ranked second with $ 731.5 million, followed by Spain, Germany and France. The largest disbursements in non-European countries were made by Brazil and the United States.
The team that spent the most in Europe in 2020 was Chelsea, followed by Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona and Juventus.
Spain led the table of income generated by transfers with 785.7 million dollars.
The number of transfers globally, including free loans and transfers, decreased for the first time in a decade. A total of 17,077 agreements were made during 2020, down from 18,047 in 2019, although the figure was higher than in 2016.
The number of agreements for large amounts is a small part of the general market, in terms of international transfers with amounts that mostly (55.7%) involve figures of less than 500,000 dollars.
Those transfers of more than 5 million dollars represented about 10% of transfers that involved payment of money or 1.3% of international transfers, which include free players.
While spending on women’s soccer transfers remains a minuscule fraction of men’s soccer amounts, FIFA figures showed that activity growth continued despite the pandemic.
Clubs completed 1,035 deals per player, an increase of 23.7% over previous years. The majority of women’s football deals still include players without a contract for whom there are no money payments (87.6%). (Reporting by Simon Evans; Edited in Spanish by Ricardo Figueroa)