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Transfer window: Will more free transfers take place than big-money signings?

SportsTransfer window: Will more free transfers take place than big-money signings?

Players who are out of contract this summer

Football across the globe has been halted but it has not stopped European clubs from planning for next season.

Last summer, Portuguese Joao Felix’s £114m move from Benfica to Atletico Madrid was the biggest deal of the window but because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty around the sport, it seems that free transfers may be the way forward.

“Clubs are already trying to build up some contacts to see if players are interested,” said European football expert Kristof Terreur on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Euro Leagues Show. “I think it will be the window of the free transfers and they will be the new expensive.”

Guillem Balague added: “When you hear Ed Woodward saying in a meeting that even they are affected by it – and Manchester United are considered by agents as the ones they can do with what they want – it means not much will happen.

“There has been talk about Paul Pogba and Neymar to Real Madrid: forget about the big transfers, they will not happen.”

Belgium boys on the move?

Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen has made more than 300 appearances for Tottenham since joining from Ajax in 2012 and the 33-year-old’s contract expires in the summer. Compatriot Thomas Meunier is another whose deal is coming to an end at Paris St-Germain.

Terreur said: “Meunier’s contract is running out with PSG at the end of the season and has been approached by [Tottenham manager] Jose Mourinho who made a phone call to him.

“Those free players will be in a lot of demand and even Vertonghen mentioned in an interview that his contract is running out and I feel he is not staying at Spurs; that was the hint he was giving and he wants to learn a new language.

“You know, then, he is thinking of a move away to Italy or to Spain. They are all starting to look out for opportunities. The players whose contracts are running out are in demand.”

Barca and Real have problems too

Barcelona have been heavily linked