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New Transfer Record in Women’s Football

Earlier this week news outlets reported on the new global transfer record set in women’s football.

According to an annual report published by FIFA, global spending on transfer fees surpassed $1 Million in a year for the first time.

The total transfer fee in 2019 was $0.7 Million, which then rose to $1.2 million in 2020. However, only 36 of those transfers were directly involved in that fee.

Grace Kazadi of Atletico de Madrid Femenino battle for the ball with Barbra Banda of Logrono Femenino. Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

According to the telegraph, 87.6 percent of the transfers last year were free moves with out-of-contract players.

Additionally, 5.5 percent were loan moves, leaving a small number of players to account for the new global transfer record.

Subsequently, FIFA’s data shows that most female footballers have short-term contracts. 70.5 percent of those, who transferred in 2020, signed just one-year deals.

Also, only 6.3 percent of transfers agreed on contracts lasting two years or more.

The Big five

Five specific players accounted for nearly three-quarters of the $1.2 Million.

These included:

Pernille Harder– Wolfsburg to Chelsea

Valerie Gauvin– Montpellier to Everton

Temwa Chawinga– Kvarnsvedens IK to Wuhan Jiangda

Barbra Banda’– Logroño to Shanghai Shengli

Ellie Carpenter– Portland Thorns to Lyon

All five of these transfers were understood to be six-figure deals.

Both Chawinga’s and Banda’s moves to China were understood to total around $300,000.

January 2021 Transfer news in the UK

After falling to their first defeat this season against Chelsea, Manchester United decided to add to their squad

Chelsea saw Maria Thorisdottir depart to title rivals Manchester United.

United confirmed the signing yesterday with fans excited about the move.

Thorisdottir was a key player in the first few seasons at Chelsea scoring 7 goals in her first season.

However, she has only been able to register five appearances for the blues this season.

Jill Scott (L) during the Everton Women Training Session. Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images

Other transfers this month include:

Abbie McManus – Manchester United to Tottenham Hotspur (on loan)

Annabel Blanchard – Leicester City to Blackburn Rovers

Alanna Kennedy– Orlando Pride to Tottenham Hotspur

Damaris Egurrola – Everton to Olympique Lyon 

Emily Murphy – Chelsea to Birmingham City (loan) 

Jill Scott – Manchester City to Everton (on loan)

Feature Image: Chelsea Transfer Pernille Harder. Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images

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