TransferRoom’s mission is to empower club, agents and players to be successful in the transfer market by giving them access to real-time information. It’s great to see that translated into record activity on the TransferRoom platform as we reach a number of milestones.
Summer spending spree
The TransferRoom platform was the place to be over the summer window as more transfers than ever were completed on football’s digital marketplace.
Over 300 transfers were recorded to mid-September, more than double the figure in both of the last two windows, taking the total passed 2,500 since TransferRoom’s founding in 2016.
Brighton & Hove Albion were the most active on the platform, with the Premier League club using connections made online and at live summits throughout the year to find vital first team experience for 10 of their young players. Kacper Kozlowski and Kjell Scherpen (both Vitesse Arnhem), Steven Alzate (Standard Liege), Michal Karbownik (Fortuna Dusseldorf) and Aaron Connelly (Venezia) are among those who have headed from the south coast to the continent on loan for the 2022-23 season.
Scottish Premier League club Hibernian and English Championship side Stoke City both completed six transfers on the platform over the summer, while OH Leuven brought in four players in their very first window as a TransferRoom member.
One of those signings, striker Mario Gonzalez on loan from SC Braga, hit the ground running, scoring three goals in as many appearances as his new club make a strong start to the Belgian Pro League season.
Leuven’s deals helped the Pro League be the fourth most active league on TransferRoom this summer, just ahead of its Dutch Eredivisie neighbours.
The top three active leagues per deals done on TransferRoom were all English, the Premier League, Championship and League 2, respectively.
In sixth place was Mexico’s top league, Liga MX, which doubled its number of deals year on year, showcasing the value of the league-wide agreement signed with TransferRoom 12 months ago.
Pan-continental success stories
One of those deals involving a Liga MX club - Jesus Alcantar's move from Club Necaxa to Sporting CP in Portugal - was actually one of the longest distance transfers of the summer on the platform at 8,800km.
It was also the first time the Mexican club had moved a player to Europe in its near-100 year history.
Less of a distance, but still a record-breaker, was Fabrice Hartmann’s loan move from RB Leipzig to Sligo Rovers - being the first time a player had ever transferred between the top divisions in Germany and Republic of Ireland.
TransferRoom exists to connect decision-makers worldwide and provides them with real-time market intelligence, opening up player pathways and meaning deals can be done quickly and efficiently across different time zones and continents.
In the summer of 2022, the average distance for the 50 farthest flung transfers on the platform reached a record high: 4,500km.
Brazilian club Internacional SC moved two players to Ludogorets Razgrad, with Pedro Henrique and Nonato (main picture) making the 11,400km trip to Bulgaria, while Montevideo City Torque in Uruguay transferred Marcelo Allende to Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa.
The Sundowns only joined TransferRoom in June, with Sporting Director Flemming Berg saying at the time he was keen to do business with South American clubs on the platform as it would be easier for new signings to adapt to playing at similarly high altitude levels, with the city of Pretoria, home to the club’s 28,900-seater Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium, more than 1,300 metres above sea level.
Agents more active than ever
Classico Sports' Jonathan Maarek and Jimmy Laloum did two deals off the back of a TransferRoom Summit
Global agents are increasingly turning to TransferRoom to find new opportunities for their players - close to 60 deals over the summer window were facilitated by Trusted Agents, which began to be added to the platform midway through 2021.
Some, like Sweden’s Rispect Agency, found success inside just seven days of signing up, following a successful pitch of Iceland international Gudmundur Thorarinsson to OFI Crete.
French agency Classico Sports was able to move two players through the platform over the summer - Stefan Bajic to Bristol City and El Hadji Ba to Apollon FC, both the result of connections made at TransferRoom Summits earlier in the year.
TransferRoom CEO and Founder Jonas Ankersen said: "TransferRoom’s mission is to empower club, agents and players to be successful in the transfer market by giving them access to real-time information. It’s great to see that translated into record activity on the TransferRoom platform as we reach a number of milestones.
"Whether it’s players moving within leagues, within countries or, in many cases, thousands of miles away, more and more clubs and agents are realising the benefits of doing business fast and efficiently online."