Football seems set to stop for some time, and a possible date of resumption in Europe is not currently envisaged. This could have serious consequences on the prices now charged during transfer windows. Now there are not many countries left where sport still has its place. […]
Football seems set to stop for some time, and a possible date of resumption in Europe is not currently envisaged. This could have serious consequences on the prices now charged during transfer windows. Now there are not many countries left where sport still has its place. In all four corners of the hemisphere, sporting life has stopped in an attempt to fight covid-19, and with it, these are big economic levers that are also immobilized, especially with regard to the most brewing sports money, at the head of which is obviously football. Already, national and European competitions are several weeks late, Euro 2020 has been postponed by one year, which also caused the postponement of the final phase of the League of Nations, the Women’s Euro, the Euro U21 or the new Club World Cup launched by Fifa. But the impact of this pandemic could also mark a decisive turning point on the transfer market in the world of football.
The story will change
“The amounts of transfers have been inflated in recent years, and for a good player, you had to pay 100 million euros, says a sports director approached by Marca. The story will change, there will be no more signature in this taste. The amount of operations will decrease” In this period of cessation of activity, even temporary, the losses are enormous for professional clubs. For those who have to pay the biggest fees for the round ball, current lack of revenue could have serious consequences, even if governing bodies like Fifa or UEFA may try to find a way to limit the damage caused. Thus, this singular situation could therefore lead the main market players to break the inflation that started in 2017, with the departure of Neymar for the PSG against 222 million euros. The transfer amount from the Brazilian had repercussions at all levels, and players like Joao Felix (Atletico de Madrid) or Ousmane Dembele (FC Barcelona) were thus transferred for more than 100 million euros. Two examples among many of a price increase to say the least …
The beginning of a new era ?
Once the coronavirus crisis has been digested, clubs could be much more cautious. Now, this eventuality would put in difficulty the formations that have paid certain nuggets advertised at a high price, like FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, or other leading teams. Not to mention the wages charged, which have also experienced real inflation in recent years and weigh very heavily today in times of crisis. Anyway, if this trend were to be confirmed, it will obviously be much more difficult to achieve capital gains on potentially overpaid players in recent years, which does not only concern the headliners previously raised, since the resonance was fairly linear at all levels, all proportions kept of course.