This article will therefore discuss the impact of Financial Fair Play (FFP) on the transfer market, making refence to Andrea Traverso’s presentation and expanding the discussion in areas with additional comment where pertinent.
Increase in spending by Clubs
Firstly, it should be noted that the 2019 summer transfer window once again broke spending records. UEFA reported that the European Club transfer spend for the summer 2019 (excluding intermediary costs) was EUR 6.8billion. This was a 19% increase on the record 2017 summer spend, and a 28% increase on summer 2018. Six of the top European Leagues - Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain - broke their transfer spending records.
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