Paul Merson thinks clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United will be reluctant to spend over £100million on Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho as coronavirus pandemic impacts football landscape.
The Premier League have announced the decision to suspend this season indefinitely (BBC).
With the global pandemic still threatening lives across the globe, no one can say for sure when the season can be completed or whether it can be completed at all.
Without football games, the clubs are not getting any revenue from gate receipts and broadcast. But they are still paying the huge wages of the players, although the Premier League have asked players to take a 30% pay cut.
This will lead to a more conservative approach from the clubs in how they will allocate funds for the summer transfer window, according to Merson.
“Football needs to get real because the days of £100m transfers and £350,000-a-week wages are over,” he wrote for the Daily Star.
“Clubs can’t take the chance of paying out huge sums of money like that anymore in case anything like coronavirus ever happens again.”
Merson also specifically mentioned Jadon Sancho’s case, as Chelsea and several other top clubs are reportedly ready to invest big for the £120m-rated winger.
He wrote: “And Borussia Dortmund can forget about Chelsea or Manchester United paying £100m for Jadon Sancho. Those days are gone.”
After the previous summer transfer ban and inactive January transfer window, it is reasonable to expect Chelsea to make a big investment for the upcoming summer transfer window.
Merson, however, has had a point on financial situations surrounding not only football clubs but the global economy in general.
UEFA are reportedly planning to relax the FFP regulations with most competitions came to a halt (the Athletic), but will the Chelsea want to risk such a bold move?