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The crisis related to the Covid-19 cools the mercato of winter football

Lionel Messi, the 22 December, against Valladolid. At the end of contract at the end of June with Barcelona, the argentine forward could shake the mercato of winter.

The mercato of winter is open Friday 1er January in Europe – on Saturday in France and Monday in Spain – and will last until 1er February. Period preferred by the clubs of the major championships foreigners to adjust their workforce, the market of the transfers should, however, this year will show little lively because of the economic crisis due to the coronavirus.

  • The Ligue 1 leaded by the episode Mediapro

In France, the Ligue 1 clubs, including the losses due to the pandemic have increased with the imbroglio Mediapro, will not have the delusions of grandeur. The trend is the same for much of the reduction in the wage bill.

Our analysis : After the fiasco of Mediapro, the French clubs of football realize that they are sitting on a pile of sand and no gold

The mercato of winter will depend a lot on the Paris-Saint-Germain and its new coach, which is expected to be Mauricio Pochettino, replacing Thomas Tuchel, sacked on the eve of Christmas. The priority of the Argentine will be to strengthen the position of centre-forward, long left to the sole responsibility of the young Moise Kean (20 years). According to press reports, Paris Saint-Germain could make its market in Italy (Dybala, Milik, Eriksen), or even on the side of South America, the continent of origin of Pochettino, or even turn to Tottenham, the previous club of the technician of argentina.

The president of the Olympic of Marseille, Jacques-Henri Eyraud, a, him, already warned at the microphone of France Bleu Provence it “must be clever” for this mercato. The OM will have to degrease it to hope to strengthen. Morgan Sanson, Duje Caleta-Car, Kostas Mitroglou, Boubacar Kamara or Kevin Strootman, or even Florian Thauvin are expected to hand starts. If the champion of the world, end of contract in June, left the OM this winter, rather than from a free in the summer, the club would become a little bit of money, but well short of the € 80 million, the estimated value of the player there is a year and a half… Regarding the arrivals, the coach, Portuguese Andre Villas-Boas is still without an attacking edge to compete with Dario Benedetto.

In Lyons, the soap opera Memphis Depay, who wished to leave this summer, could resume. The captain of the OL is courted especially by AC Milan, and FC Barcelona. A departure, however, seems complicated, having regard to the economic context. Moussa Dembélé, who could also leave the club, is unavailable for several weeks due to a fracture of an arm.

For the other clubs in L1, no big changes to expect. The purpose is primarily to generate margins in order to negotiate any possible arrivals. At Nantes, the wishes of Raymond Domenech, coach at Christmas, will be scrutinized. The club has already said they want to give some time to the new technician to know his / her group.

  • Market quiet in Europe, Messi at the center of all eyes

In Europe, all eyes are trained on Lionel Messi, at the end of contract in June and free to leave Barcelona – the future of which should agitate for a transfer market winter here also prompted to sobriety. “I haven’t decided “provided the star of Barca, shortly after Christmas. But, at age 33, the man with the six Balloons gold dream the big stables european, such as the PSG – Neymar has declared that it wants to play with Messi – or Manchester City.

Also read : Lionel Messi, envy and delusions of grandeur

In Spain still, the captain of Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos, is also at the end of the contract, but the white House has better chances than Barça to keep its ” president “. The two big Spanish clubs, hit by the pandemic at a time when they were investing heavily in the renovation of their stadium, the Barnabeu and Nou Camp, do not have the means to recruit at great expense.

In England, where Premier League clubs have not shown efficient this summer (like Chelsea), the mercato of winter – the first post-Brexit – is expected to save more departures than arrivals. Faced with several injuries in defence, the defending champion, Liverpool could be tempted to strengthen in this sector. Manchester City has already indicated that it would not recruit in attack, while Chelsea and Tottenham do not have obvious defects or targets are very defined.

On the side of Italy, Antonio Conte, poorly recovered from the elimination of Inter Milan in the champions League, is still hoping to expand its workforce to pursue his dream of Scudetto. Juventus, only sixth to the truce, should not move too much. The nonuple champion title could just release Sami Khedira and Federico Bernardeschi, who no longer play.

In Germany, little movement also to wait. Traditionally, the Bayern Munich is not active in January. The president of Borussia Dortmund, Hans-Joachim Watzke, has already warned that it “there will be virtually no activity in the mercato winter “, pandemic is forcing, while the club of the Ruhr was offered the prolific goal scorer of Norwegian Erling Haaland last winter. His main rival, Schalke 04, last without any victory, will, move. The club from Gelsenkirchen is a defender and a centre forward. At least there’s a buyer…

  • The Brexit, a new arbitrator to the mercato

The Brexit, fact since 1er January 2021, will have profound consequences for the european football, and especially for the French football, the first and largest provider of players in the uk. With the new rules imposed by the Brexit on transfers, the League 1 is going to see its main export market is reduce, and therefore potentially its revenue decline.

From 1er January, the French players, of which 32 are evolving in the Premier League, according to the specialized site Transfermarkt, will not be also many to be able to go on the land of england. England may not, in fact, the more recruitment of foreign minors, and the French players will need a work permit which is obtained through a system of points is still a little fuzzy. “After the Covid and Mediapro, it’s a little bit the third layer on the bread, it is true,”, summarizes Stéphane Duck, president of the national Union of sports agents (SNAS).

Between 2010 and 2019, according to the Observatory of the sport business, the English have spent 1.25 billion euros on the pitches of Ligue 1. For the moment, it is still impossible to assess the negative impact for the French clubs.

Maintenance : Transfer market : “The economy of professional football will not collapse”

The French stars have, they, always no problem to reach the Premier League. “Even for a good player for L1, which will be played over 80 % of games in a season, it should pass “complete the players as an agent, Christophe Hutteau. On the other hand, for players under the radar of the Premier League, which attempted the experience in Championship (2e division English), “there it’s going to be clearly tense “sums up the players as an agent. In 2019, eleven French had been recruited by clubs in the Championship, according to Transfermarkt.

If this new transfer is going to shake up the French football, it should also lead to changes in depth. “It’s going to force the French football to imagine a different model, and it may be an opportunity. Maybe we’ll keep a little longer for our young players, they offer contracts of a longer duration “grade First League, the union of the clubs of L1. “It is necessary to pay attention to the predictive analysis a little hasty. There will not necessarily that the negative effects of this Brexit “hopes Stéphane Duck.

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