Young footballers, a safe haven and object of speculation in a transfer window affected by the crisis

In yellow, the Nigerian Victor Osimhen when he was playing with Lille on September 19, 2019 during a Champions League match in Amsterdam against Ajax.

In economics, it’s all about scale. According to his, the world of football was reasonable during the “summer” transfer market ended Monday, October 5 at midnight in the middle of the first frost of autumn. A lag and relative wisdom, which can be explained by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Without playing Cassandra as the general manager of Italian professional football, Luigi De Siervo, alerting at the end of September on ” a system on the verge of collapse โ€, the numbers speak for themselves.

The clubs of the five major leagues in Europe (England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France) “Spent 3.29 billion euros on transfers, against 5.54 billion during the transfer window 2019, a decrease of 40.5%, assesses football economist Pierre Rondeau. We find a level of purchasing volume close to 2015 (3.2 billion euros). “

Exporter championship, Ligue 1 saw its cumulative sales fall from 849 million to 380.4 million euros between fiscal years 2019 and 2020. The reason? Always this health situation which affects the purses of the traditional buyers which are the English clubs in particular.

The English Premier League is losing hundreds of millions every month with the absence of ticketing revenue. The crisis can last with the maintenance of closed doors, a slowdown in the general economy, therefore a drop in commercial income for the clubs ยป, Warns Pierre Rondeau.

Record sales for Saint-Etienne and Lille

In the midst of this (relative) slump, a bubble persists and even continues to swell: that of young footballers, especially in France. The case of Wesley Fofana is emblematic. At 19 and after almost as many Ligue 1 matches (eighteen), the player from Saint-Etienne broke the bank of the Midlands.

The Leicester club have thus invested 35 million euros (plus five possible bonuses) to secure their services, making him the most expensive non-international defender in history. A record and good news for the Greens’ accounts rather in the red this season.

The leaders of Brest are also rubbing their hands with the sale of Ibrahima Diallo (21) for 15 million euros to Southampton. But what about Lille? The northern club already has a line on its record this season: that of the record transfer to Europe with the sale for 80 million euros to Naples of its striker Victor Osimhen, 21 and a season of L1 in the legs with 13 goals.

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