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FIFA report shows stark difference in Man City and Man Utd transfer strategies

No club in the world facilitated more outgoing transfers in 2021 than Manchester City, underlining their ongoing production line that assists their incoming business.

FIFA have released their annual Global Transfer report, which illustrated the dominance of English clubs in the international transfer market.

The report states that English clubs spent 1.39bn US dollars collectively over the last 12 months, more than any other national association by more than double, and they topped the list for associations bringing in the most money in transfer receipts with 548.8bn USD.

Of those clubs, it was Manchester United who spent more than any other club in Europe on transfer fees in 2021, as they brought in Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo for over £120m collectively.

Chelsea, RB Leipzig, Roma, Arsenal, Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain all spent more than City on that list, which separated clubs by their confederations.

City, however, were top of the list for transfers out of the club, which included permanent and loan deals, as well as players released in order to acknowledge ‘the releasing club’s success in developing football talent.’ No club in any other confederation bettered City in this regard, while United did not feature in the top ten UEFA clubs.

The Blues, who are always extremely active in the loan market for academy and City Football Group players, facilitated 41 players leaving the club, and were able to recoup a large portion of the £100m they paid Aston Villa for Jack Grealish as players like Angelino, Jack Harrison and Lukas Nmecha all left for profit.

United featured three times on the list of top ten transfers by total transfer fee, with Sancho’s move from Borussia Dortmund second only to Romelu Lukaku’s switch from Inter Milan to Chelsea. Varane’s arrival was fourth on the list, while Amad’s switch from Atalanta was eighth.

Curiously, Jack Grealish’s £100m move from Aston Villa to City wasn’t on the list, despite costing more than Lukaku.

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