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Record $5bn Spent in 2022 Summer Football Transfer Window

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…as agent’s pocket $494.4m 

Football clubs around the world spent $5 billion during the 2022 summer transfer market, the highest ever, according to a report released by the International Federation of the Game (FIFA).

In a sign that the global football industry is bouncing back from the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, a total of $5bn (€5bn) was spent on international transfers of male professional players in the summer transfer window, an increase of 29.7 per cent compared to the same period in 2021.

The number of transfers in the men’s game – 9,717 completed with a further 417 pending – also reached a new high, surpassing the previous record, set in 2019, by 6.9 per cent.

From the beginning of June to the first of September, 9,717 transfers were made worldwide, according to FIFA, an increase of 16.2% compared to the same period last year, which is a record, before the application of a new rule that will limit the costs of European clubs, especially the English Premier League, on transfers.

At the same time, the cost of these transfers exceeded what the clubs spent over the same period last year by 29.7%.

Most of the business from the summer was conducted in English football, with the Premier League spending a record £1.9bn.

Further records show Manchester United’s £81.3m signing of Antony becoming the Premier League’s most expensive final day transfer ever.

According to British media reports, Liverpool paid about $99.98 million to sign Benfica’s Darwin Nunez, while Real Madrid signed Monaco’s Aurélien Tchouamén for the same amount.

Women’s teams also set a record with 684 deals completed in the same period, up 14.4% year-over-year.

Football agents earned $494.4m in the latest transfer window, says governing body FIFA. FIFA also released a snapshot report detailing an analysis of international transfer activity over the summer.

It reveals that football agents collectively banked almost 10% of the $5bn total value of male player transfers worth $494.4m.

This year also saw record-high numbers of male and female player transfers across the globe.

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