FIFA have released a full report on the 2022 summer transfer window, showing that clubs have returned to spending but that they still haven’t hit pre-pandemic figures.
There were a record 9,717 transfers completed in men’s football this window, up from 9,092 in 2019.
This resulted in clubs spending 4.995bn euros, a 29.7 percent increase compared to 2021, but still below the 5.062bn euros spent in 2019.
When it comes to commissions for agents, 493.4m euros were paid out. Over the last 10 years, that figure has increased from 6.1 percent in 2012 to 9.9 percent in 2022.
In terms of all the transactions, 12.5 percent involved transfer fees, while the majority (58.5 percent) involved players out of contract.
English clubs led the way, spending 1.8bn euros, followed by Italy with 497m euros, Spain with 477m euros, France with 468m euros and Germany with 458m euros. Brazil and Argentina were the only two non-European federations to crack the top 10.
In terms of transfer fees received, France tops that list with 616m euros, followed by Germany with 558m euros and Italy with 490m euros.
England follows with 473m euros, then Portugal at 467m euros and Spain at 411m euros.
As for the women’s game, 684 transfers were completed, an increase of 14.4 percent compared to 2021.
England, just like the men’s game, led the way by spending 600,000 euros, while France received the most money at 390,000 euros.