Arsenal & Spurs ‘planning for summer with no spending’/Chelsea’s Willian targeted as free agent – Telegraph

Speculation in the media over the last 24 hours has hinted that neither Arsenal or Spurs will have any funds available to spend this summer, unless major sales are forthcoming.

Football hit hard

The COVID-19 outbreak has of course been headline news worldwide for several months now.

As of this evening, over 5.7 million people have tested positive for the virus across the globe, with the death toll having surpassed 350,000.

The scale of the outbreak has inevitably also had major ramifications on the sporting world, with football having been hit particularly hard.

In Europe, all of the top-5 leagues, along with the Champions League and Europa League, were postponed as of the middle of March.

International football has also taken a major hit, with both Euro 2020 and the Copa America, which had been scheduled to take place this summer, having been pushed back until next year.

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Such measures, meanwhile, despite the steps towards an imminent return to action in most countries, spell major trouble for the financial wellbeing of clubs across the globe.

Missing out on matchday revenue is likely to prove crippling for sides even at the very top of the game, with a loss of income from broadcast revenue also a possibility, if the season’s remaining fixtures are not played out as planned.

As a result, the summer window, whenever it eventually opens, looks set to be a subdued one, with big-money transfers simply not feasible for the vast majority of clubs.

And, as outlined above, an insight into just how badly a pair of England’s top sides could be impacted on the transfer front has been forthcoming over the last 24 hours.

The outfits in question? Arsenal and Tottenham.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal looks on prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at Vitality Stadium on December 26, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Copa/Getty Images )

A report courtesy of Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph has suggested that both of north London’s football heavyweights are readying themselves for a quiet summer.

In fact, Law’s update on the financial situation at Spurs and Arsenal goes as far as to claim that the capital giants ‘will not be able to spend any money’ upon the opening of the transfer market.

This would only change in the case that a number of high-profile sales are forthcoming.

While the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United are expected to have considerable funds at their disposal, Mikel Arteta and Jose Mourinho will seemingly be forced to put their creative caps on in a bid to reinforce their respective squads ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

Free transfers, swaps and loan deals, as things stand, appear the only options available to the north London rivals.

Willian targeted

One player who has nevertheless been identified by both Arsenal and Tottenham as a potential summer addition, though, is Chelsea star Willian.

Brazilian attacker Willian’s contract at Stamford Bridge is set to expire this summer, meaning he, barring a last-minute agreement, will imminently enter the free agent pool.

As such, the former Shakhtar Donetsk man is viewed as a viable, but above all affordable option by both the Gunners and Lilywhites.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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