Saudi Arabia spent more than 800 (!) Million euros on the transfer market this summer, but that is peanuts compared to English clubs


Saudi Arabia’s football clubs spent a total of €817 million ($875.4 million) on the international transfer market this summer. This puts Saudi Arabia in second place behind England, according to a FIFA report on Friday.


Golden Ball Karim Benzema, Sadio Mané and Red Devil Yannick Carrasco, among others, opted for a new adventure in the Middle East, just like a number of other well-known names. According to the world football association, Saudi Arabia accounts for 14 percent of all spending in the transfer market this summer. “It is the first time that clubs affiliated to a confederation other than UEFA have passed the 10 percent mark,” it sounds.

Incidentally, the specialized consultancy firm Deloitte has Friday in another report about 894 million euros ($ 957 million) spending by Saudi clubs.

Yannick Carrasco signed for Al-Shabbab at the last minute. — © BELGIUM

Despite the huge investments, the Saudi Pro League remains in the shadow of the Premier League. The English clubs attracted new players for around 1.85 billion euros (1.98 billion dollars). Deloitte even puts the figure of 2.74 billion on it. The competitions from the other major European competitions such as France ($859.7 million), Germany ($762.4 million), Italy ($711 million) and Spain ($405.6 million) follow at a considerable distance.

On the inbound side, Germany tops the ranking with USD 1.11 billion.

A total of a record amount of USD 7.36 billion (6.88 billion euros) was invested on the transfer market this summer, between June 1 and September 1, an increase of 47.2 percent compared to 2022. Of this, 696 was .6 million dollars for agents and more than 10,000 transfers were completed.


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