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Talk of €100m deal is just plain crazy in current climate


Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho

Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho

Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho

It's strange to be reading stories about players like Jadon Sancho coming to Manchester United, given that there is no football being played and no guarantee of when it will be played again.

Like anyone, I enjoy reading those transfer stories, it's something to talk about and supporters will want to feel that the football world will carry on but this crisis could change the transfer market as we know it.

It's crazy that there is talk of a club spending €100millon on a player while other clubs are looking for pay cuts.

How can any club offer Sancho a contract, or offer Dortmund a fee for him, when no one knows when he can play for them? They have to finish this season and then assess squads and transfer deals.

The lack of matches and the lack of income is going to affect every club involved in the game, even the big clubs will have to be more careful how they spend.

We still don't know if the season will be just paused and resumed, or simply cancelled. And clubs have no clue as to how their budgets will be, especially with the Champions League on hold. 

It's hard on players who are out of contract, harder again on players who are over 30 and are facing real uncertainty as no one knows when football will return.

This crisis could also change the nature of contracts, maybe clubs will have disaster-related clauses put into their contracts where, in the event of an emergency like this, every employee's salary drops by 50 per cent or whatever.

And if clubs are more careful about how they spend their money, the game might realign itself back to when spending €50m on a player was a big deal, not just the average.