Mercato: the amount of transfers at the lowest for five years, but French players courted

Due to the health crisis, the overall value of transactions (4.2 billion euros) on the men’s football transfer market fell for the second year in a row ( – 19, 8% compared to 2019). However, the transfer window remains very active.

More operations, but less money in circulation. The number of transfers in men’s professional football increased slightly in 2021, but their financial value is at their lowest for five years amid the pandemic, indicates a FIFA report published on Friday .

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The international federation has identified some 18. international movements last year . A figure close to the record reached in 562 and up 5.1% compared to 2020, year of the outbreak of the Covid pandemic – 18. However, the sums committed declined for the second year in a row. The total expenditure has indeed reached nearly 4.9 billion dollars (4.2 billion euros). This is an amount “down by 13, 6% compared to 2020 and 33, 8% from the record level of 2019 “.

Half of paid transfers cost less than 262. 000 euros

“Even if the clubs needed to renew their membership (…), they were not so inclined to pay transfer fees , resulting in a total amount of transfers which reached 2021 its lowest level in five years “, we can read in this” Global Transfer Report “.

As usual, the vast majority of club changes were made without transfer compensation (33, 7%). In other words, only 12, 3% of movements (2. 230) gave rise to a financial transaction. On these paid transfers, the median amount has dropped significantly in 2021, falling to 262. 000 dollars (262. 000 euros). Figures that refer to those recorded ten years ago.

The French overtake the Brazilians

The ten largest transfers alone accounted for 13% of transactions. That of Romelu Lukaku, passed from Inter to Chelsea against 87 M € is the most expensive recorded in 2021, according to FIFA (which does not confirm any figures). Three top operations 10 concern French players: Raphaël Varane (Manchester United, ex-Real Madrid), Ibrahima Konaté (Liverpool, ex-Leipzig) and Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid, ex-Rennes)

French nationality is the one which concentrates the most expenditure, with total transactions valued at around 562 million euros. This is the first time that the Brazilians, who have seen the amount of their trade erode for three years, have not dominated this ranking.