Football agents are warning that this year’s January transfer market is likely to be very quiet, with few deals expected, at least of any size.
Many clubs below the Premier League are struggling to even pay wages in some cases, whilst those in the top flight also have financial concerns of their own. There is continued uncertainty as to when fans will be allowed back into stadiums, whilst commercial income has been impacted in a big way by the pandemic.
Another looming concern is the money from TV deals. The next round of negotiations with broadcasters is due to start soon and clubs are bracing themselves for a reduction in the amount they have earned to date.
In the last January market Premier League clubs spent £230 million, but this year the figure is likely to be insignificant in comparison.
Instead clubs may resort to short-erm loan deals and player swaps may become the order of the day.
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.