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Premier League clubs’ transfer spending up, but not as much as it could be

31 January 2013

The Sports Business Group at Deloitte, the business advisory firm, will release its full analysis of the January 2013 transfer window on Friday 1st February 2013.  

At the start of the final day of this January’s window, Deloitte’s analysis shows that Premier League clubs have spent around £85m on acquiring new players. This is almost three times the amount spent at the same time last year, but similar to the level in January 2011.

Dan Jones, Partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, commented: “Going into the final day of the winter window, Premier League clubs have been relatively restrained in their player transfer fee spending, in spite of the upcoming uplift in their broadcasting revenues of between £20m and £30m each from next season.

“Transfer activity over the final few hours can change the overall picture as we saw on deadline day in January 2011 when well over £100m was spent by clubs. Going into the final day in this transfer window, Premier League clubs have spent around £85m on acquiring new players and their net spending is much lower.

“Clubs are now in a reporting period that will count towards the first assessment of UEFA’s financial fair play break-even requirement for international competition and Premier League clubs are considering the implementation of additional cost control regulation at a domestic level. Their apparent relative restraint in this transfer window may reflect an increasing focus on clubs achieving more sustainable levels of expenditure relative to revenues.”

Transfer window

Premier League clubs’ player transfer spending (gross)

As at the start of the final day of the transfer window

Total spending in the transfer window

January 2013

£85m

To be determined

January 2012

£30m

£60m

January 2011

£90m

£225m

 

Ends

Note to editors

The information for the January 2013 transfer window is based on reported player transfers as at 08:30 on 31 January 2013, ahead of the transfer window closing at 23:00 on 31 January 2013.

The Sports Business Group at Deloitte has published their analysis of transfer spending following the close of every transfer window since 2003. Each year the Sports Business Group at Deloitte also release the Deloitte Football Money League and Deloitte Annual Review of Football Finance.

Deloitte’s analysis of the levels of total transfer spending by Premier League clubs by year for 2003 to 2012, and for the January transfer window in each year, are extracted from previous analysis prepared and released by Deloitte.

www.deloitte.co.uk/sportsbusinessgroup

Premier League clubs’ transfer spending up, but not as much as it could be

 

Premier League clubs’ transfer spending up, but not as much as it could be


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Over the last 20 years Deloitte has developed a unique focus on the business of sport. Our specialist Sports Business Group offers a multi-disciplined expert service with dedicated people and skills capable of adding significant value to the business of sport. Whether it is benchmarking or strategic business reviews, operational turnarounds, revenue enhancement strategies or stadium/venue development plans, business planning, market and demand analysis, acquisitions, due diligence, expert witness, audits or tax planning; we have worked with more clubs, leagues, governing bodies, stadia developers, event organisers, commercial partners, financiers and investors than any other adviser.

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