Winter transfers return to their previous levels before “Covid-19” by spending 900 million Euros

The winter transfer market in January returned to its previous levels it was before the “Covid-19” pandemic, after clubs spent about one billion dollars (900 million euros) during this period, according to a report published by FIFA on Tuesday.

After more than a year, the world of football returned to its financial habits:

1.03 billion dollars (902 million euros) was spent in the January transfer window, up 74.7% compared to the January 2021 period in the midst of the health crisis. For comparison, in 2020 and just before the pandemic, 1.16 billion dollars was spent in January, compared to 1.1 billion in January 2019.

“In men’s football, transfer market activity has almost returned to the pre-pandemic levels,” FIFA said in a statement.

Unsurprisingly, England was the biggest spenders, with clubs spending 349.5 million (306 million euros) compared to just 75.2 million (65.9 million euros) for French Ligue 1 clubs, for example. France, on the other hand, is in a much better position in terms of compensation received by its clubs during this period as a result of players transfers. French clubs received 99.2 million (86.9 million euros) in January, behind English clubs (95 million euros).

The world football body also noted an increase in the number of transfers in women’s football, even exceeding the pre-“covid-19” standards, about 487,800 dollars (427 thousand euros) was spent on female players in January, a record that erased the previous figure of 310,100 dollars (272 thousand euros) last year.

The ” UEFA “announced in a report published last Thursday, that the “Covid-19” pandemic cost European football 7 billion euros in two seasons, highlighting a sharp decline in the transfer market for the financial years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.

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