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Transfer Window 2013: Football Clubs Spent ₤2.2 Billion on 12,309 transfers


The annual transfer report released recently by FIFA shows that a total of 12,309 players changed countries in 2013 via international transfers. The total cost of the deals came to $3.7 billion, which is roughly ₤2.2 billion. This is a four per cent increase on the number of transfers the previous year and a 41 per cent increase in transfer fees.

Most of the player movement involved Brazilian clubs as they made a combined 1,402 transfers. This included players coming in and players going out of the country.

However, English clubs spent the most money on transfers as they forked over $913 million or ₤550 million pounds on players, which is 25 per cent of the $3.7 billion total spent.

The average age of the players that were transferred was 25 years and three months.

FIFA stated, “The report provides a unique insight into the patterns and trends that have developed in the international transfer market over the 2013 calendar year from a national, regional and global perspective."

The player agents also made a killing on the transfers as their commissions rose by 30 per cent in 2013 compared to the year before. But the total number of transfers that involved agents fell from 17 per cent in 2012 to 14 per cent in 2013.

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