Fewer football transfers for less money in corona year

The number of international transfers in the football world fell by 5.4 percent in 2020. That reports FIFA World Football Association Monday in a report. The total amount involved in these transfers in 2020, at EUR 4.66 billion, is much lower than the EUR 6.09 billion a year earlier.

In 2020, with the coronavirus worldwide, 17,077 international transfers were registered, compared with 18,047 in 2019. According to FIFA, it is the first time in ten years that the number of international transfers has decreased. However, more transfers were registered in 2020 than in 2018 (16,547), the Global Transfer Market Report states.

For the vast majority of the transfers (14,804, 86.7 percent), no compensation was paid. Of the 2,273 transfers in which an amount was paid, the transfer sum was less than 500,000 dollars (414,000 euros) in more than half of the cases (55.7%).

The ten most expensive transfers accounted for about 15 percent of the total of all transfer sums. Top of the top ten is the transition of Kai Havertz, from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea. The Premier League club would have paid an amount of between 80 and 100 million euros for the German.