French football clubs actually spent more this winter than English ones, with Belgium in the top three in terms of transfer income

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FIFA registered a total of 4,716 international transfers in men’s football during the past winter mercato. That is an increase of 0.6 percent compared to the previous transfer period in January. Striking: it was not the extremely wealthy English clubs, but those from France that spent the highest amount. The Belgian teams collected the third highest amount.

The World Football Association announced its International Transfer Snapshot on Tuesday, which includes all transfers from the past winter mercato. It shows that club spending on transfer fees reached $1.46 billion in men’s football, the second highest ever in January.

French clubs top the list of ‘big spenders’ with a total expenditure of $291.9 million, more than double the amount they spent in the previous January transfer window, according to FIFA figures. France, where Olympique Lyon spent money to steal Gift Orban and Malick Fofana from AA Gent, among others, trumps the English teams, which usually top such lists with ease. The English clubs spent 184 million, which still puts them in second place.

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According to the FIFA report, Belgian clubs spent 28.4 million, putting them in thirteenth place among the countries surveyed. The World Football Association also examined the income per country and in that ranking our country is in third place (110.2 million). Only Brazil (251.2 million) and Portugal (132.2 million) are doing better.

In women’s football, spending on transfer fees reached a new record at $2.1 million, which is 165.5 percent higher than in January 2023. The total number of international transfers remained relatively stable. FIFA recorded 357 international transfers, an increase of just 0.3 percent compared to January 2023.

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