The coronavirus crisis has had a severe impact on the value of players in the transfer market. In its 2021 edition of Global Transfer Report, FIFA lists the transfers of male and female players in professional and amateur football. Thus in the male category, Achraf Hakimi comes 3rd in the ranking of the players with the most expensive transfers in the world in 2021.
No less than 54,739 cross-border transfers were recorded in 2021: 19,372 involving professionals (men and women) plus 35,367 others involving amateurs.
Among the most significant and expensive transfers of the year 2021, that of Achraf Hakimi (3rd) to Paris Saint-Germain. The Ligue 1 giant has spent the tidy sum of 70 million euros to secure the services of the Moroccan international from Inter Milan, who is the most expensive player in the French championship.
The first step of the podium is occupied by the Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who passed from Inter Milan to Chelsea, is the most expensive recorded in 2021 according to FIFA, ahead of that of the Englishman Jadon Sancho (from Dortmund to Manchester United) .
The ten largest transfers alone account for 15% of transactions. Three operations in the top 10 concern French players: Raphaël Varane (Manchester United, ex-Real Madrid), Ibrahima Konaté (Liverpool, ex-Leipzig) and Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid, ex-Rennes).
French nationality is the one that concentrates the most expenditure, with total transactions valued at around 562 million euros. This is the first time that the Brazilians, who have seen the amount of their exchanges erode for three years, do not dominate this ranking.
According to the “Global Transfer Report”, published by FIFA on Friday, the number of transfers in men’s professional football increased slightly in 2021, but their financial value is at a five-year low amid the pandemic.
The international federation registered some 18,000 international movements last year. A figure close to the record reached in 2019 and up 5.1% compared to 2020, the year of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, the sums committed decreased for the second consecutive year. The total expenditure has indeed reached nearly 4.9 billion dollars (4.2 billion euros). This is a sum “down 13.6% compared to 2020 and 33.8% compared to the record level of 2019”.
“Although clubs needed to renew their squads (…), they were not as willing to pay transfer fees, resulting in a total transfer amount which in 2021 reached its lowest level in five years. », can we read in the report.
As usual, the vast majority of club changes were made without transfer fees (87.7%). In other words, only 12.3% of movements (2,230) gave rise to a financial transaction. Of these paid transfers, the median amount fell sharply in 2021, falling to 300,000 dollars (262,000 euros). Figures that refer to those noted ten years ago.