FIFA are to talk to clubs about keeping the transfer window open until January, according to reports. It’s a plan that would benefit Liverpool.
The Telegraph claim that FIFA believe the move will keep cash flowing through football. This is potentially very important, of course, as football’s suspension upsets the sport’s entire economy.
The Telegraph’s report goes on to say that clubs face great uncertainty and may not spend big as a result. With many clubs presumably looking at sales to balance the books, that’s a huge problem.
It would become much more difficult to do deals over such an uncertain summer, of course. No one knows what the plans are for the next few months, let alone next season. That makes any big deal particularly risky for everyone involved.
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This could certainly help Liverpool. The Reds will only be in the market for those big deals, given the current extent of their squad. We know the management team look for perfect deals, too, as seen last summer when they decided there weren’t any.
With the traditional transfer window, those deals would be even less likely. Are RB Leipzig likely to sell Timo Werner when they don’t know what’s happening going forward? And that’s just one player Liverpool are potentially interested in.
But finding that perfect deal becomes a lot easier with an extended window. It gives ample time for negotiation and also, potentially, extra games to study players.
If the end of the season does play out – as well as the start of the next one – that’s quite a long time to find that perfect player.
Hopefully, FIFA get their transfer plan in place and Liverpool can take advantage. For a team that likes to be patient, it really does sound ideal.