New Window

Martin O'Connor 03/05/2020 4comments  |  Jump to last

The next transfer window is going to be a trial for the Blues. How will we fair is anyone’s guess.

Firstly, there is no guarantee when the next transfer window will actually open, and will it be changed to meet the problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the economic problems faced by all football clubs during these times, financial experts seem to think that transfer prices will plummet by 30 to 40 per cent once football returns. This may well give some solace to Everton, as with FFP to be considered not to mention Bramley Moore, the further transfer prices drop would seem to actually help the Blues.

This being the case it would seem prudent that any transfer move, even agreeing a transfer price and move in principal should only be made once the lay of the land of the next transfer window has become clear. Why would you agree a transfer for say £20 million for a player now, when in all probability the price of the player you are signing will drop by 30% once the window opens.


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That’s why I find the reports that the blues have agreed a £30 million deal in principal with Lille for the transfer of Centre Back Gabriel Magalhaes strange. Yes, put yourself in the box seat for the player, but why would you agree a price now when that price will probably be less once the window opens?

Which brings us to players who the club may want to move on. With the expected drop in transfer prices any little the blues may have hoped to bring in from the sale for instance of a player like Gylfi Sigurdsson would be even smaller. With clubs being economically challenged once football is back, would any club sign a player such as Sigurdsson, even for a minimal price when he has such ridiculous wages?

Indeed in the new era after football returns surely wages for any new signings will need to be less than the financially wanton times, which preceded it. All clubs it would seem, except for the mega rich will have less money to play with, so surely salaries for any new signings and any new contracts or contract extensions for players at clubs will need to be much smaller.

When you add in that the broadcasting landscape may change if games are played behind closed doors, supporters not being able to attend games plus the financial constraints which Bramley Moore will place on the blues, it is clear that the next transfer window will be a testing one for the Club. It will be a window were Marcel Brands will need to use all is much vaunted experience.

Will the new transfer landscape be one, which can be advantageous for Everton? Or will it be one which will just be one were the mega big clubs can still operate and hoover up the best talent for even cheaper prices?

Over to you Marcel

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Derek Thomas
1 Posted 06/05/2020 at 01:38:49
It's a conundrum and no mistake, get in early and risk overpaying or hang on and see which way the market goes and risk losing you target.

I'd hang on – but that's just me... I don't think prices will go up though.

It's a confidence thing as well, of how far will it fall, has it bottomed, will it rebound, what will the 2nd wave be like, will there even be one. Has The Government any idea at all (on anything)... has anybody?

Stick, hold, stand. whatever; WAIT.

Eric Myles
2 Posted 06/05/2020 at 03:50:46
Martin, it's likely that we won't be able to sell any players that are on high salaries at all. As you say, salaries for new signings should fall, so why would a player agree a move to another club for less money??

Better stay put and take the money for the remainder of your contract, and it's not like you're going to miss out on European or International games over the next couple of years.

James Flynn
3 Posted 06/05/2020 at 19:55:50
I can't see money being paid out for transfers until the league settles on the current financial situation with the networks.
Martin Nicholls
4 Posted 10/05/2020 at 10:06:39
I can't help but think that "big name" players such as Willian may live to regret allowing their contracts to run down in their pursuit of even more money.

I have no doubt that the renewal contract that Chelsea offered him and which he refused will prove to be more lucrative than he will now be offered by the club that he ends up signing for. Particularly so if the rumours about Spurs (think Daniel Levy!) signing him prove to be correct!

The greedy bastard may even find himself "unemployed" from 1st July until a club decides it's time to start up again! No doubt that whining leech Gordon Taylor would bemoan his lot and complain that Chelsea should temporarily extend his contract!

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