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European football's January transfer window witnesses decline in spending

Posted : 02 February 2024

The January 2024 transfer window across European football witnessed a significant decline in spending compared to previous years. Premier League clubs, who spent a record €2.79 billion in the summer, only invested around €121 million this month. This trend was mirrored in other top leagues like Ligue 1 (€192m), Serie A (€101m), Bundesliga (€82m), and LaLiga (€86m). The Saudi Pro League also experienced a sharp drop from €949 million in the summer to just €23 million in January.


Bayern Munich, despite missing out on a defensive midfielder, had a positive window with the notable signing of right-back Sacha Boey and the loan acquisition of Eric Dier from Tottenham. Atletico Madrid focused on quality rather than quantity, securing the services of highly rated midfielder Arthur Vermeeren and adding depth with signings like Gabriel Paulista and Horatiu Moldovan. Meanwhile, Tottenham's capture of Radu Dragusin and the return of Jadon Sancho from Manchester United were highlighted as positive moves.


South American teenagers made a mark in the transfer market, with Barcelona securing the early arrival of striker Vitor Roque, and Manchester City acquiring Claudio Echeverri from River Plate. Brighton beat out competition from City to sign left-back Valentín Barco from Boca Juniors, while PSG snapped up Gabriel Moscardo, a defensive midfielder from Corinthians. European clubs turned to South America for promising talents amid the limited options in the European transfer market.


The rigid 10-point penalty handed to Everton and the impending penalty for Nottingham Forest have brought prudence to Premier League spending, decreasing from €1 billion in January 2023 to around €100 million this time. The financial challenges faced by Manchester United impacted their transfer activity, with no new signings during this window. The Saudi Pro League, which spent lavishly in the summer, saw a quieter January, marked by loan signings and free transfers.


Said Benrahma's potential loan move from West Ham to Lyon collapsed, leading to a public dispute between the clubs. Lyon accused West Ham of "incomprehensible behaviour" and a "lack of respect," revealing the complexities and challenges that can arise in the transfer market.  


The subdued January window is attributed to new financial regulations, limited available options, and the impact of penalties on spending, setting the stage for potential rebounds in the upcoming summer transfer window.


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