A FIFA report has shown that England have bought more overseas players than any other country in the world in 2014. The report have also highlighted the fact that Spain continued to be the biggest market for signing players aged under 18 from abroad.
According to the FIFA TMS Global Transfer Market 2015 report, English clubs has dominated the international transfer market by spending more than 770 million on players from abroad. Their nearest rival is Spain with 308m in 2014.
The report showed English clubs have alone made up for more than a quarter of the total 2.64 billion spent worldwide in 2014 on international transfers. The figures included the 59.7m British transfer record signing of Angel Di Maria by Manchester United from Real Madrid.
Brazil however has been the most active country in terms of international transfers with 1,335 moves, including both incoming and outgoing players. However, it has experienced a 7% drop since 2013.
Whereas England is closing in with a total of 1,263 international transfers, up by 193 from 2013. While Portugal is third with 823.
The report also stated that in 2014, maximum number of minor applications were accepted in Spain, which is higher than anyone in world.
The report added: “In 2014, Spain was the country that engaged the highest number of minors. About 400 minor applications were submitted and 352 were accepted. This is a much higher number than any other association worldwide.” While Portugal have made 188 applications and England have made 135.
It is to be noted that Barcelona have a transfer ban until 2016 after they breached regulations when signing 10 players under the age of 18 in 2013. Also the FIFA officials have recently enquired information about Real Madrid’s 51 under-age players.
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