Clubs are going to lose a lot of money while no football is being played, which will greatly impact the transfer market.

Clubs across Europe are going to be losing a significant amount of money while the COVID-19 outbreak has brought all of the top 5 leagues to a standstill. The DFL and DFB announced earlier this week that play will not resume until at least early April. Meanwhile the Football Association of England announced that matches will not resume prior to April 30th, and the German leagues could soon follow suit, resulting in more money lost for every club.

The significant loss of funds could have drastic implications for the summer’s upcoming transfer window, and Bayern Munich’s pursuit of both Leroy Sane and Kai Havertz could be in serious jeopardy (SPORT1). Both players have made it clear, at one point or another, that they want to leave their respective clubs, Manchester City and Bayer Leverkusen, and are both out of contract within the next two years.

Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz recently said that Die Werkself would be looking for at least €100 million for Havertz, but that’s become increasingly unrealistic because of the financial losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Leverkusen, however, hold some leverage in the fact that Havertz does not have a release clause in his contract, so they can still charge a premium fee relative to what the market looks like after the COVID-19 pandemic has settled down.

Leverkusen also knows that Havertz is a high priority for Bayern coach Hansi Flick, who has made it clear he wants to try to sign Havertz over other transfer targets. Leverkusen managing director Fernando Carro, though, said the club has no time to think about a potential Havertz transfer this summer. Continue reading

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