COVID-19 impact hitting home: Liverpool ‘virtually certain’ to do no business/Juve chief hints at clubs playing next season with same squads
The COVID-19 outbreak has of course been headline news worldwide for over a month now.
Almost 3.5 million people have tested positive for the virus across the globe.
The scale of the outbreak has inevitably also had major ramifications on the sporting world, with football having been hit particularly hard. In Europe, all of the top-5 leagues, along with the Champions League and Europa League, have been postponed for the time being.
International football has also taken a major hit, with both Euro 2020 and the Copa America, which had been scheduled to take place this summer, having been pushed back until next year.
Liverpool & Juventus latest
Missing out on matchday revenue is likely to prove crippling even for sides at the very top of the game, with a loss of income from broadcast revenue also a possibility, if the season’s remaining fixtures are not played out.
As a result, the summer transfer window, whenever it eventually opens, looks set to be a subdued one, with big-money transfers simply not feasible for the vast majority of clubs.
And, as outlined above, an insight into just how badly a pair of Europe’s top clubs could be impacted on the transfer front has been forthcoming over the last 24 hours.
First, the Mirror published a report surrounding the plans of runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool.
In fact, the Mirror go as far as to suggest that Liverpool are ‘virtually certain’ to do no spending whatsoever ahead of next season.
And, if the latest word coming from Italian giants Juventus proves accurate, then the Bianconeri could be set for a similarly quiet summer.
Speaking in an interview with Italia earlier today, Juve director Fabio Paratici was questioned on the club’s transfer plans moving forward.
Significantly, though, when drawn specifically on rumors that the Serie A champions, or any other club for that matter, could proceed into the 2020/21 campaign without any changes to their current squads, Paratici admitted that it stands as ‘a possibility’.