Advertisement Transfers will be dramatically reduced this summer, says former Liverpool and Tottenham director of football, Damien Comolli Metro Sport ReporterMonday 20 Apr 2020 9:33 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link58Shares Damien Comolli cannot see many big transfers when the window does open (Picture: Getty Images)There will be a dramatic reduction in transfers and transfer fees due to the coronavirus pandemic, with clubs in perilous financial positions, believes former Liverpool and Tottenham director of football Damien Comolli.When and if the transfer window will next open is not clear, with football still paused due to the coronavirus, and Comolli is expecting the next window to be very different to what we are used to.With clubs struggling for funds, the Frenchman expects more loans and swap deals, while the days of huge transfer fees are over, for now.‘An agent was saying the other day only three clubs in the Premier League will be able to spend money,’ Comolli told Sky Sports News. ‘If that’s the case I think the transfer window will be very different.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We might see swaps, we might see loans and we are going to a see a massive decrease in transfer fees and activity – at least transfers involving money.‘The more this crisis goes on and the clubs are in a difficult situation financially, the first thing that will be impacted will be player remuneration and the second thing will be transfer fees.’There is currently an unresolved issue over player contracts that are due to expire on 30 June and if clubs will keep hold of those players if the season resumes and runs past that date.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityComolli has no answers to these puzzles, but points out the difficulty surrounding the issue and predicts that fans will not be able to watch any live action until next year, ‘Sorry if I’m being dramatic but let’s assume the Premier League starts and suddenly (a player) catches the virus and then dies or gets severe lung damage and he can’t play football anymore, what’s going to happen?’ Comolli questioned.‘Is the player going to say my contract ended on June 30, you forced me to play?‘I think it’ll be very difficult not to finish the season for a lot of different reasons, one is financial but as an industry football has a duty to entertain.‘Now it is not the right thing to talk about it but we have a duty to fans, they want something else at night or during the day to think about, other than the virus and the issues. I think it’d be something positive.‘Personally I wouldn’t be surprised if we couldn’t play with any fans until the end of 2020.’MORE: Liverpool star Dejan Lovren drops transfer hint amid Arsenal linksMORE: RB Leipzig deny any contact from Liverpool over Timo Werner transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Commentread more
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