Spain break $1bn in transfer spend as Big 5 account for 75% of global spend

September 13 – FIFA has released the 12th edition of its Big 5 Transfer Window Analysis report that examines the activity in the big five European markets of England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain in the Summer 2019 transfer window.

The data is analysed from the International Transfer Matching System (ITMS) which registers every player transfer globally.

Last week at the Edinburgh Sports Conference, Jacques Blondin head of TMS global transfers and compliance highlighted key data from the report including the huge sums collected by agents acting primarily for clubs (See Agents cashed in on $539.3m of fees in summer transfer window). The Big 5 report focuses on the movement and the dominating financial power of Europe’s biggest clubs in the global player market.

Trends and highlights in the data show that despite a 7.5% decrease in spending compared to last summer, English clubs are still the world‘s biggest spenders with $1.36 billion spent on transfer fees.

However, the Spanish are making a credible challenge becoming “the second association to surpass the $1-billion mark in spending on international transfers in a single registration period, with a combined $1.17 billion spent by its clubs (+20.4%).”

France – one of the Big 5 markets but increasingly looking like a ‘player developer’ for the other four leagues – was the big financial winner, with 359 outgoing international transfers worth a total of $876 million.

The dominance of the Big 5 clubs is once again emphasised in the statistic that they accounted for 75.7% of the global $4.38 billion spend on transfers. 446 clubs bought at least one player from an overseas club at an average of four  incoming international transfers per club.

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