Any EPL club that uses the government’s furlough scheme amid the coronavirus crisis should be banned from making transfers, Manchester United legend, Gary Neville has said.
Gary believes the current transfer discussions of Harry Kane to United for £200 million or Jadon Sancho to City or United for £100m have totally undermined the news that EPL teams want their players to take a 30 per cent pay cut.
According to him, it will not make any sense for a club to claim being unable to cope during these financial times, only to spend a lot of money months later on one player.
He added that a transfer ban will kill any animosity between players that might feel cheated when the pandemic is over.
His words, “These transfer discussions, whether it be Harry Kane to United for £200 million or Jadon Sancho to City or United for £100m, it completely undermines the discussions the Premier League are having with the players around taking a 30 per cent pay cut.
“If you’re asking for a 30 per cent pay cut across the board and you’re going to spend another £1bm in two months on transfers. The Premier League spent £1.4bn last summer on transfers and the previous three summers they also spent over £1bn. If you’re trying to get 30 per cent pay cuts from existing players, you may have to put a transfer embargo in place.
“If I was the PFA, and Tottenham want a 30 per cent pay cut, or Manchester United on their players, which was what was said a couple of weeks ago, then it’s very difficult for the existing players then see their club do a transfer for £200m three weeks later.
“Transfers are things the fans love, and we love players moving around, but it does seem to me to be awry when we’ve got such a behind-the-scenes war going on with respect to players taking cuts, the clubs needing support, and then in the next breath you’ve got a £200m transfer speculation going on.
“That doesn’t feel right to me. Premier League clubs can’t stop the speculation, but there’s no smoke without fire. I would suggest the Premier League to stop this would probably put a transfer embargo in place on all clubs that are looking to reduce their players’ wages.
“That would take away a lot of the angst that is existing among the players behind the scenes who feel they’re having the wool pulled over their eyes by the clubs.”