International football transfers hit $3.7 billion in 2013

With a total of 1,402 transfers, Brazil remained the most active market for both incoming and outgoing players. However, last year was marked by Real Madrid's September purchase of Wales international Gareth Bale from English club Tottenham for a reported world record fee of over 100 million euros.

updated: January 29, 2014 18:53 IST
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The value of the international player transfer market jumped by 41 percent to $3.7 billion (2.7bn euros) last year, driven by a four-percent rise in the volume of sales, FIFA said on Wednesday.

Global football's governing body said that its Transfer Matching System handled a total of 12,309 cross-border deals involving male professional players, underlining the rosiness of the market.

The data was gathered in FIFA's Global Transfer Market report, which is now into its third edition.

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