French clubs trail England in record-breaking January transfer window

Last month’s transfer window was a record-breaking winter for deals, according to a report released by FIFA, which estimates that no less than €1.46bn was spent on the various moves which took place, more than the previous high set in 2018.

Leading the list were the English clubs , who accounted for 57.3% of that figure, a share inevitably led by Chelsea, who notably brought in Benoît Badiashile, Mykhaylo Mudryk and Enzo Fernández in lucrative deals. The total number of international transfers across the world increased by 14.4%, reaching 4,387. The total value of the moves being made this year has increased as well, by 49,4%.

French clubs were the second-most profligate in January, coming in far behind at €122.5m – Marseille notably completed the signings of Portuguese striker Vitinha, Ukrainian midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi, and Moroccan World Cup breakout star Azzedine Ounahi.

It was also a record-breaking month in women’s football, with 341 international transfers taking place.

GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin  

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