As per a report from the Mirror, a number of the Premier League’s top clubs could be forced to reign in their transfer plans this summer, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc.
Football world hit hard
The worldwide COVID-19 (more commonly referred to as coronavirus) outbreak has of course been headline news across the globe of late.
The latest figures, as of this evening, suggest that just shy of 335,000 people have now tested positive for the virus worldwide, resulting in 14,600 deaths.
The scale of the situation has therefore inevitably also had a major effect on the football calendar.
After the likes of Serie A, La Liga and the Champions League were brought to a complete halt last week, the Premier League finally followed suit last Friday morning.
On the back of confirmation that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta had contracted COVID-19, it was subsequently announced that professional football across all tiers in England had been postponed until the 3rd of April.
The Premier League, FA, EFL and WSL have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 13, 2020
It has since subsequently been decided, though, that a return to action will not even be considered until April 30th.
Chelsea & more to alter transfer plans
The fixture list, however, looks set to be just one of a host of problems facing some of the Premier League’s heavyweights on the back of the coronavirus outbreak.
As per the aforementioned report from the Mirror, the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool may well be forced to reign in their planned expenditures upon the opening of the summer transfer window.
This comes for a pair of reasons.
First, evidently, clubs across the globe are set to take a financial hit as the COVID-19 saga rumbles on.
However, interestingly, it is also claimed that fear of public backlash over exorbitant outlays on new signings is also likely to see some of English football’s giants avoid excessive spending.
This could hamper all of aforementioned trio Man United, Chelsea and Liverpool in their respective pursuits of a player like £120 million-rated Jadon Sancho.