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BIG 5 other associations can’t match the spending spree of Premier League clubs

Premier League transfer spending, Big 5 Comparison, Summer transfer, Winter transfer

Premier League clubs are breaking records with every transfer window spending spree. Big 5 other member (Spain, Italy, Germany and France) clubs couldn’t match the spending spree of English clubs, whether it’s summer transfer window or winter transfer window.

As per FIFA’s Big Five Transfer Window Analysis, 95 of the 211 FIFA member associations had their registration period open during winter (1st to 31st Jan) transfer window. 3,317 international transfers were completed around the world with global spending on transfer fees reaching $1.28 bllion. The Big Five clubs completed only 530 incoming international transfers combined, but almost half of the global spending came from transfers occurring within the Big 5. Spending on transfer fees by Big 5 clubs shot up to $979.1 million, a 70.6% increase compared to the same period last year.

England was once again the biggest spender during the winter transfer window with $482.8 million spending, and the most active in terms of transfer volume among the Big 5. Spanish clubs spent $361.3 million, more than the past seven winter registration period combined, but still they were distance behind England. However, Germany, Italy and France witnessed a decline in their spending from the same period last year.

England spent the most during summer 2017 as well. They spending spree reached $1.40 billion between 1 June to 1 September, more than double that of any other Big Five member association. Spain joins them in second place with highest receipt of $752.3 million and the only one of the Big Five ending the summer with a positive net balance.

When we talk about England, it’s mainly involving Premier League’s clubs transfer spending. Premier League clubs spent $430 million in the January transfer window, beating their previous record of $225 million in January 2011. Their deadline day spending of $150 million is a new January window record. It’s not only about the single summer or transfer window; Premier League clubs have been breaking records with their spending spree in last five years.

Premier League Clubs' Transfer Window Spending

Seasonssummer transferWinter Transfer
2017/181,430430
2016/171,165215
2015/16870175
2014/15835130
2013/14630130
All the figures are in million pounds

Source: Deloitte Sports Business Group

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