Transfer Fees In Excess of £100M Will Be Commonplace By '25, PwC Says
Transfer fees of more than £100M ($128.6M) were on Monday "forecast to soon become commonplace following an analysis of signings made by Europe's top clubs," according to Ben Rumsby of the London TELEGRAPH. Financial expert PricewaterhouseCoopers predicted such figures "would be the norm" before '25, saying that it had tracked every transfer involving the top-20 ranked UEFA teams from '01 to the current window and the 20 largest deals conducted each season, "alongside the progression of club revenues." PwC said that the figures were analyzed before Neymar’s £200M ($257.3M) move from Barcelona to Paris St. Germain and that "a deal of that size had not been expected for another five-to-seven years." It forecast the average fee for the biggest 20 transfers each season would grow at a compound annual growth rate of 9%, reaching £65M ($83.6M) by the '24-25 season (TELEGRAPH, 8/14).