Former Tottenham defender Alan Hutton has claimed that the days of big-money transfer deals could be over with the footballing world reeling from the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
It has been estimated that Premier League clubs could lose as much as £1.2 billion if the current Premier League season is cancelled (Daily Mail).
Additionally, there have been reports suggesting that next season could also be played behind closed doors (Sky Sports), a scenario which could see Spurs miss out on over £100million in matchday revenue (Football Insider).
Experts have suggested that hardly any money is likely to be spent by most Premier League clubs this summer (Sky Sports).
Hutton believes that forcing clubs to play behind closed doors next season could have a major impact on their ability to function for many years to come.
When asked about the impact having no fans at games would have at Spurs, the full-back told Football Insider: “Oh, it’d be a nightmare.
“I’m talking as a fan first and foremost, to not go to a match or to have to watch games on the TV, it’d be an absolute nightmare but they when you look at clubs, they run off this sort of money.
“The TV money, the fans, the buying shirts, the memorabilia – all this sort of thing, that’s what they live off so to cut that out, I think if that was to happen, I think you would see a change in football.
“I think it would be the end of the days of the big transfers, spending money here and there willy-nilly. I think it would bring massive changes to football in general. I hope we can get this crisis under control as soon as possible and it can go back to some sort of normality.”
Spurs Web Opinion
One of the most ridiculous things about the last couple of months has been how the media has been continuing to speculate on potential big-money transfers this summer. In reality, no club is going to be in a position to spend money. In fact, most will be desperate to sell in order to help deal with the financial downturn. We are likely to see more swap deals this summer than any time previously.
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