The COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown has had a massive impact on the global economy with a recession being predicted as a likely aftermath.
As such, financial activity will take a huge toll and its domino effect will have its carry-over influence on football’s transfer activity.
Over the years, mind-boggling transfer fees and single-window overhauls were looking likely at becoming a norm at most European giants.
However, the lack of commercial profits owing to no football being played will have its toll on the clubs’ coffers and how much they’ll be willing to invest in the near future. Nevertheless, Man Utd may carry on with their initial intent.
As per MEN, United still have three main summer arrivals in their sight for the next transfer window. Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish, and Jude Bellingham remain the big names on their radar and it is understood that the Old Trafford outfit still has intentions to acquire the trio.
Healthy skepticism must be exercised in this regard given how Sancho and Grealish, in particular, will attract sizable transfer fees, with Sancho’s alone expected to break records. Given how the Glazers have been hesitant to invest in big transfers and Ed Woodward himself asserting that the club won’t be bullied into making deals as a general policy, the post-pandemic economy doesn’t bode well for such arrivals.
In that regard, Woodward had himself publicly stated that it won’t be “business as usual” in the near future for United. As such, this claim does beg some critique.
This can be further questioned given how several other clubs are also interested in some of these targets, if they elect to move at all.
The real scenario will only unfold once the summer window opens, whenever that is.