The ex-Gunner, Paul Merson, is determined football will be altered significantly by the Covid-19 crisis and the potential move of the England star will probably be affected.
Jadon Sancho will not be departing Borussia Dortmund to get an astronomical transfer fee in the summer on account of this coronavirus pandemic, according to Paul Merson.
The 20-year-old has been connected with a £100 million transfer to Manchester United – a deal that would make him the most costly British player of all time.
However, with the present Covid-19 outbreak halting soccer worldwide and placing significant financial pressure on clubs, former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes big-money transfers will disappear from the game for a while.
“All of the discussion about Jadon Sancho controlling a 100m-plus transfer fee has been blown from the water if you ask me,” Merson said in his weekly column for Daily Star.
“There is no way that is going to be happening. It’s gone and out.
“Top clubs can not be putting staff on furlough and start to fork out that kind of money the minute the transfer window opens.
“It’s not merely the fee, but with gamers in that price bracket comes a pay packet of about #300,000 per week and that’s simply not going to be happening.
“The landscape has changed not just for everyone in the world but for soccer too.
“Really big-money moves may be off the table for quite a while.
“With the fiscal situation as it is, how would it look for nightclubs struggling to cover their staff then transfer deadline day arrives and it flashes up on the screen that #900m or whatever was splashed out on gamers? There could be an uproar.”
Watford academy merchandise Sancho has become one of soccer’s hottest properties because departing Manchester City with no single first-team look to his name in 2017, adapting to life in Germany with Dortmund like a duck to water.
The winger has scored an impressive 31 goals and made 42 aids across three seasons in the Bundesliga – while also earning a normal position in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.