Due to the coronavirus pandemic currently affecting the world, the European championships are at a standstill and for the moment, it is impossible to know when they will resume.
This is already having a strong impact on the economic health of clubs and on player salaries. But in the coming weeks, it is the summer transfer window that could well be turned upside down by the coronavirus since for all the clubs and leagues, it is quite improbable to imagine a summer transfer window straddling the current season. This is why, according to the information communicated by the newspaper L’Equipe, FIFA is thinking of upsetting the dates of the summer transfer window as never before.
The national daily reports that the international federation could decide that the summer transfer window will start in each country on the day of the end of its championship and will end, in any case and for all European countries … on December 31, 2020.
A shock measure which would however allow each club and each championship to organize the rest of the season with as much flexibility as possible. By domino effect, the winter transfer window would be merged with the summer transfer window in a single transfer window lasting several months.
In addition, FIFA will recommend extending the contracts of players and coaches expiring on next 30 June until the end of the domestic seasons.
“Everyone agrees with this idea of common sense. Starting with Philippe Piat, president of FIFPro, the global players union ”indicates the national daily.
Finally, FIFA should officially ask the players, in the coming days, to accept a significant drop in their wages to the tune of 50% in order to preserve the economic health of the clubs in this period of unprecedented crisis