Clubs in England spent over £1billion on international transfers – £500m more than any country – in 2021, despite the financial uncertainties created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The amount spent was recorded in FIFA’s figures as 1.386bn US dollars, equating to just over £1billion and dwarfing the second-highest spending country, Italy, by more than £500million.
Premier League clubs, chiefly boosted by world-beating broadcasting deals, were the buyers in seven of the 10 biggest transfers in 2021.
Clubs in England spent over £1billion on international transfers in 2021 with Romelu Lukaku’s (L) £98m move to Chelsea and Jadon Sancho’s (R) £73m switch to Man United the two biggest
The £42m deal that saw Raphael Varane swap Real Madrid for Old Trafford was fourth highest
TOP 20 BIGGEST SPENDERS
1. Manchester United
3. RB Leipzig
8. Manchester City
9. Bayer Leverkusen
13. Atletico Madrid
18. Aston Villa
Romelu Lukaku’s £98m move from Inter Milan to Chelsea was the biggest deal last year with Jadon Sancho’s £73m switch from Borussia Dortmund to United the second largest.
The £42m deal that saw Raphael Varane swap Real Madrid for Old Trafford was the fourth highest transfer while Liverpool’s £36m signing of Ibrahima Konate was the sixth biggest.
Martin Odegaard’s summer switch to Arsenal and Amad Diallo’s 2021 January transfer move to United also featured in the top 10.
Achraf Hakimi’s Inter Milan to PSG switch, Tammy Abraham’s from Chelsea to join Jose Mourinho’s Roma, Eduardo Camavinga’s from Rennes to Real and Bryan Gil’s move from Sevilla to Tottenham were also in the world governing body’s top 10 biggest transfers last year.
Ten of the top 20 biggest-spending clubs in Europe were English. Manchester United topped the chart with Chelsea second, Arsenal fifth, Tottenham sixth and Manchester City eighth.
The Red Devils splashed out around £172million as they also brought in five-time Ballon d’Or Cristiano Ronaldo for just shy of £20m in one of the most sensational transfers of all time.
Premier League basement boys Norwich were next (14th), followed by Brighton (15th), Aston Villa (18th), Leicester (19th) with top-flight giants Liverpool completing the top 20.
For all of United’s spending they still find themselves going through a period of transition with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer getting the sack following poor form and performances before the turn of the year.
Interim boss Ralf Rangnick is approaching two months at the helm but the squad is still struggling.
It was also revealed earlier this week that City’s income is now more than rivals United.
The blue half of Manchester recorded revenues of £537m in 2020-21 and the ‘noisy neighbours’ have the most valuable squad in the world.
Martin Odegaard’s (L) summer switch to Arsenal was in the top 10 as was Ibrahima Konate’s (R) £36m move to Liverpool