The summer transfer window could be extended until January next year, as the coronavirus epidemic continues to cause havoc to football.
Currently the transfer window is due to open for Premier League and EFL clubs in July and August but, with nobody having any idea when football is likely to resume again, those plans will need to be revisited.
EFL clubs have already discussed extending the deadline, and the Premier League has begun considering alternatives as well. It comes at a time when hundreds of players face uncertain futures with their existing deals set to expire on June 30th.
The Premier League though cannot act unilaterally on transfers. They have to abide by FIFA rules, and the world’s governing body is to establish a working group to consider the whole question of the transfer window.
The same group will also consider what to do about all those players whose contracts are set to run out before the potential end of domestic league seasons across Europe.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.