PREMIER LEAGUE clubs were involved in eight of the 10 biggest international transfers last year.
Fifa’s latest ‘Global Transfers Report’ for 2021 has revealed the continued impact of the pandemic causing the value of international transactions to plummet another 13.6% to £3.54 billion.
That’s a staggering 33.8% reduction from the amount spent in the pre-pandemic year of 2019.
But despite the cash crunch affecting the entire game, including the UK, Prem clubs are still involved in the terminal market.
And seven of the 10 biggest international deals last year saw Prem clubs buy players, one of which involved a sale.
Unsurprisingly at the top of the list is Chelsea’s £97m purchase of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan, with Jadon Sancho’s £73m move to Manchester United.
Another United transfer – the £34m signing of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid – is fourth on the list with an initial £18m fee for Amad Diallo ranked eighth.
Among other deals involving English clubs, Tammy Abraham’s move from Chelsea to Roma ranks fifth.
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Liverpool caught defender Ibrahima Konate sixth.
Martin Odegaard completed a move to seventh-placed Arsenal and winger Bryan Gil swapped 10th place for Spurs.
The only two deals unrelated to the Prem club are full-back Achraf Hakimi leaving Inter for PSG and the signature of Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga from Real Madrid.
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That has helped Prem and Championship clubs spend a smaller fraction of £1billion on players from abroad.
This is more than any other country and 28.5% of total global spending.
English players accounted for 209 million pounds of total international transfer spending, with French players accounting for the largest amount – 469 million pounds.
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