Big-money moves ‘highly unlikely’ at Everton this summer – Echo

The Liverpool Echo have recently provided some insight into how the COVID-19 crisis is set to impact Everton’s transfer plans.

Football hit hard by COVID-19

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has, as of Sunday the 24th of May, infected just over 260,000 people in the UK, has also caused major disruption to sport in England over the last couple of months.

The Premier League has been suspended since the 13th of March, with an official return date for the 2019/20 campaign yet to be set in stone.

With no top-flight football being played in England since mid-March, and the prospect of fans not being allowed back into stadiums until next year a very real possibility, many clubs are already feeling the financial impact of the coronavirus.

Burnley stated back in early April that they could lose somewhere in the region of £50m if the campaign isn’t finished, with the Clarets set to miss out on around £5m-worth of matchday revenue from the season’s remaining home games.

Liverpool are believed to have put all contract talks and recruitment plans on hold due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.

Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi stated at the back end of April that the club do not expect a big-spending window.

And the coronavirus crisis is believed to have cost Manchester United an estimated £23m in revenue, with a further hit expected to come.

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Everton’s plans set to change

Now, as mentioned above, details of how another Premier League outfit look set to be affected by the virus have come to light.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton’s transfer plans are set to significantly change as a result of the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus.

Before the reality of COVID-19’s impact had set in, Everton were heavily linked with Lille centre-half Gabriel Magalhaes.

But, as per the Echo, due to the shifting financial landscape, future negotiations will be very different.

Another area where the Toffees look set to be affected is outgoings from the club.

It is claimed that part of Everton’s summer plans hinged on selling unwanted players to both raise funds and create room in the Merseyside outfit’s squad for new arrivals.

But the Echo reports that whenever the transfer window does open, there is an acceptance that clubs will find it harder to move players on permanently.

It is also added that plans laid out by Everton for Carlo Ancelotti’s first summer in charge have been altered, with big-money moves understood to be highly unlikely.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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