Munich (dpa) – The corona pandemic will also have unforeseeable effects on the transfer market in professional football this summer.
“Surely there will be a dent temporarily,” said sports economist Christoph Breuer of the German Sport University Cologne of the German Press Agency. “Especially for players in the second row, the prizes will no longer be paid as they were last.”
In the economic report of the German Football League (DFL), a record figure of 675.1 million euros was reported in the transfer income for the past season in the Bundesliga. In the 2nd league with 18 clubs as well, it was 96.3 million euros.
The sports economist Breuer believes that the prices for the top players will probably not collapse so much: “The few superstars continue to have such a great value for the top clubs that the demand among the financially strong clubs will remain high.” After all, there is an international market for the top stars of the scene. “These are often clubs with investors, which may well be able to compensate for the financial crisis quite well,” says Breuer.
In view of the secure loss of income for the clubs even in the case of the ghost games hoped for by the DFL in the currently interrupted season, the German professional clubs will also have to look for ways to reduce costs. The squad could also get smaller. The clubs will think carefully about how many players you can fill a squad with, »predicts Breuer.