Threat of FFP breach weighed down Championship January spending

5 February 2020

Fulham
Photo: Getty Images Fulham were this window's biggest spenders with expenditures of £24 million. It cost them £10.6 million to make their loan deal of Ivan Cavaleiro (pictured) permanent.

The spending this winter was the second lowest of the past five January transfer windows.

Many clubs are on the brink of breaching the EFL's Financial Fair Play regulations and therefore cannot spend excessively.

Fulham, appearing to go against the trend, accounted for 67 per cent of the league's total spending.

View graph of what the clubs spent this January compared to the past five winters.

Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

The threat of breaching the EFL's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules weighed down spending in the Championship this January, which was the second lowest of the past five years.

Championship clubs lost a collective £307 million in the 2017/18 season and many clubs have resorted to creative measures, including several controversial stadium sale-and-leaseback agreements with club owners, to avoid colliding with the EFL, which has charged both Derby and Sheffield Wednesday for financial irregularities. 

Clubs are reluctant to spend because they are close to FFP

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