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As recently as Thursday evening, the Premier League were prepared to go ahead as planned with this weekend’s action as per government guidelines, but the situation changed when Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19. Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi has also tested positive to the virus, and a number of clubs have also been hit in one way or the other.
Across Europe and many parts of the world, the football season has been suspended, and it seems unlikely that the league football will resume in April as planned.
There is uncertainty surrounding the entire football world, and this could also affect the summer transfer window.
According to The Independent, Premier League clubs and clubs in other leagues have already held meetings regarding their transfer strategies and how they will mitigate the disruption of the season to their recruitment.
With games suspended, there’s an issue with scouting transfer targets ahead of the summer window. Things like club budgets, player exit, the number of incoming players and also making the final cross-check on incoming signings are concluded around this time.
An intermediary told The Independent that “the months ahead will be very tricky” as he discussed the situation, and indeed, we’d face the most bizarre transfer window we have ever seen.
“There has been the expected calm approach from clubs that are well run and don’t need to do a lot of work in the market,” he said. “Not much has changed in who they want and how they want to proceed.
“There have definitely been more panicked calls from others trying to hit the brakes on a potential deal, push ahead quicker or see who else they can also line up.”