13th September 2017

Big 5 Report – new record high in transfer fees this summer

FIFA has launched its latest Big 5 Transfer Window Analysis report. This report is a summary of the activity in the International Transfer Matching System (ITMS) during the summer 2017 registration period, with a focus on the official international transfer figures for the Big 5 countries (England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain).

Between 1 June and 1 September 2017, 7,590 international transfers were completed worldwide.Global spending reached USD 4.71 billion, meaning clubs spent almost as much during those three months as they had in the whole of 2016 (USD 4.79 billion). Once again, clubs from the Big 5 took centre stage, completing 21.2% of the total incoming transfers and spending 77.9% of the total global spend.

Big 5 countries recorded a total of 1,608 incoming transfers (+6.2%) and USD 3.67 billion spent (+31.7%) this summer, representing new record highs for the period. Spending by the Big 5 this summer was almost three times what it was in the same period in 2012 (USD 1.24 billion).

The steady increase in the number of transfers can be attributed to the expanding number of clubs active in the international transfer market. The increase in spending appears to be a consequence of two concurrent factors. First, the increasing number of clubs that spend money on transfer fees. Second, the increase in average expenditure by these clubs, which has grown from USD 14.5 million five years ago to USD 21.4 million this summer.

At country level, England was the world‘s biggest spender this summer with an outlay of USD 1.40 billion, more than double that of any other country.  Spain was the country with the highest level of receipts (USD 752.3 million), which also made it the only one of the Big 5 that ended the summer with a positive net balance.

France recorded the largest increase worldwide in international transfer spending during the period, with its clubs spending USD 604.1 million on engaging players from abroad. This was a 250% increase compared to last summer and 191% more than the annual total in 2016.

The report also includes detailed information at country level including transfer types, origin and destination of transfers, the nationality and average age of the players involved, and historical comparisons for both the number of international transfers and transfer spending for the Big 5 countries over the last five summer registration periods. The TMS Big 5 report is available for free download at: https://www.fifatms.com/data-reports/reports/

Source of data

The information in this press release is based on individual transaction data provided directly by more than 6,500 professional football clubs in ITMS. All data was extracted from ITMS on 12 September 2017.

• This media release was originally published by the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) on 13 September 2017. To access the original, please click here.

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