He takes care of Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund, Toni Kroos from Real Madrid, Suat Serdar from FC Schalke 04 or Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig and is one of the most successful players in Germany. Now Volker Struth has commented on the possible impact of the Corona pandemic on the football business.
“The period of February to April is usually a very intense one for us gamers because there are many so-called plant transfers. Much of what goes on in the summer is prepared there. This year everything has been on ice,”Struth explained in a conversation with the”Bild”.
Due to the Corona crisis, the Bundesliga stopped playing in mid-March, on the 16th. May is to be returned to the lawn. However, only batches of empty rows are issued.
For Struth, a necessary evil. Without the re-launch of ghost games, we would never have seen the Bundesliga as we know it. This must be said very clearly to the critics out there who now regard ghost games as unfair. Economically, it would have been a disaster […]. The losses would not have borne many clubs. There are already huge losses. But the league can still survive.”No wonder Struth does not expect the clubs to invest heavily in the transatlantic market in the summer 2020.
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“Not much will happen. I expect a lot of lending, but large transfers, if at all, will be very few, I am quite sure. If so, only in the lower million. But Real Madrid, to give an example, will not take Kai Havertz out of Leverkusen for 120 million,”the 54-year-old is sure.
As a result of the crisis, not a few hot-rolled stars are likely to say goodbye to a change of wallpaper. This also applies to the BVB duo Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho.” I cannot imagine that Borussia Dortmund is forced to sell these players below market value,”said Struth. At the same time, Germany’s successful handling of the challenges of the Coronavirus has even led to many clubs offering their players in the Bundesliga.
Struth nevertheless believes that the business will have recovered in principle no later than the summer 2022. With one exception: “Transfers of 250 million euros, as they would have been possible if Kylian Mbappe had switched to Real Madrid, will not be seen for a very long time.”