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🎥 What transfers really cost in modern football 💰

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Padraig Whelan

Even Lionel Messi’s free transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain was anything but.

Across three seasons, that deal is set to cost the French side over €130 million and is far from unique in that regard.

A total of €45 billion has been spent on transfer fees over the last decade but that’s just the tip of the iceberg and even away from the figures which catch the headlines, a lot more money still changes hands.

So what is the true hidden cost of signing players today? All is explained in this video …

The drastic changes of the 1994 Bosman ruling and removal of the restrictions on certain nationalities per squad saw the transfer market change drastically.

It truly is incredible how much factors go into the finances behind any deal, from agent fees to wages, bonuses, image rights and even special favours.

That can be clearly evidenced by the above analysis of Erling Haaland’s move to Manchester City and how much that particular deal truly cost beyond the reported figures.

Transfers these days are so much more complicated than ever before and that shows no sign of changing any time soon.

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