Analysis: The winners and losers of the summer transfer market

10 September 2021

Donyell Malen
Photo: Alamy The transfer of Donyell Malen from PSV to Borussia Dortmund with a fee of €30 million was the biggest in the Eredivisie in the summer window.

Last week wrapped up this year’s summer transfer window which could be characterised by the high-market value deals completed through loans or free transfers.

However, some leagues certainly did manage to offload players within profitable deals, and we have taken a closer look at the leagues and clubs with the most successful window.

Surprisingly, Barcelona and Real Madrid were among the clubs with the best transfer balance this summer. In addition, PSG spent half that of Arsenal, but gained almost double in terms of the market value of those acquisitions.

Joseph Mailil, analyst

Looking at the most profitable transfer window by leagues it is evident that Eredivisie had a very satisfying window. 

One thing all top five leagues had in common is the reselling objective that the majority of the clubs’ business models revolve around. Thus, instead of spending massively after these prominent sales, clubs look at internal recruitment to replace these players. 

Do you want to read this article?

Get instant access by signing up for a 7-day free trial

No credit card, no commitments and it will expire automatically.

You will receive a link that activates your trial in an email.