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FIFA has announced that its Transfer Matching System (TMS) recorded a reduction in the number of international player transfers, but an increase in spending as the summer transfer window closed.

FIFA has announced that its Transfer Matching System (TMS) recorded a reduction in the number of international player transfers, but an increase in spending as the summer transfer window closed.

FIFA said that TMS processed 10,454 transfers between January 1 and September 2, compared to 10,513 transactions last year. The total amount of declared transfer fees in 2013 was US$3.367 billion, a 29% increase on 2012’s figure of $2.619 billion. In total, 5,018 clubs from 164 countries across the globe were involved in player transfers this year.

Year on year, declared commission paid to agents and other parties was up 20% to $169 million. Over a two-year period, FIFA said that commission paid to club intermediaries had risen 80%. While the most active transfer streams saw 132 players move from Portugal to Brazil and 98 from Argentina to Chile; the streams with the highest total transfer compensation were from Spain to England ($227 million, 38 players), and from Italy to England ($148 million, 25 players).

The TMS became mandatory on October 1, 2010, and oversees cross-border moves in a bid to clamp down on money laundering and corrupt deals. Therefore its findings do not include domestic transfers.

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