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Transfer fees in free fall?

By Henrik Petersen

The transfer fees are likely to be victims of the coronavirus.

Kai Havertz and Leon Bailey.
Kai Havertz and Leon Bailey.Photo: Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Less than a week ago, we told how Bayer Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz expects Kai Havertz to leave the club in the summer for a fee of at least €100 million.

But now, Gregor Reiter, the managing director of the players' association DFVV, is predicting that the transfer fees might drop as a direct result of the virus.

"The longer the break lasts, the more likely it is that the transfer fees will decrease because the clubs can save this expenditure immediately," Reiter told SPORT BILD.

If the rest of the season is cancelled, several of the smaller clubs will be facing serious financial problems. But the bigger clubs will also see a decrease in revenue.

Yesterday, we told how Schalke 04 is expecting a +10 million euro loss in 2020".

This was before even considering the estimated 770-million euro loss to the Bundesliga if the rest of the season is cancelled.

The result might be that the clubs that actually have money to spend will be offering less than previously expected, while the clubs that have talent to sell will be forced to accept the adjusted price-level.

This is not unique for German clubs, so it will not affect the balance between clubs on an international level.

But players and clubs should expect it to affect the balance on bank accounts.

Until the pandemic fog clears up again.

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