The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has had a major effect on the
finances of football clubs around the world, with the lack of match
day revenue costing them dearly.
As a result, clubs ‘ transfer business could be affected this summer
and one way they could look to make signings without having to
fork out big transfer fees is by negotiating swap deals.
Tim Bridge, a director at Deloitte’s Sports Business Group, believes
there will be an increase in the number of swap deals because of
Speaking to Sky Sports, he explained: “I think we’ll see a lot of
clubs doing swaps with their European peers as a way of managing
the cash that comes in and goes out.
“So, I expect the next transfer window to have relatively big
numbers associated with it, but underlying it will be a different
approach from the clubs.”
With that in mind, Express Sport takes a look at three potential
swap deals involving Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.
According to Italian publication Tuttosport, United are willing to
explore the possibility of letting Donny van de Beek join Juventus in
a swap deal for Adrien Rabiot.
Van de Beek has struggled for game time at Old Trafford since
joining the club from Ajax last summer.
The report claims that he has been of interest to the Serie A giants
since he impressed against them in the 2019 Champions League
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, meanwhile, is said to be keen to
work with former PSG midfielder Rabiot.
Emerson Palmieri has struggled for game time at Chelsea this
season, making just two Premier League appearances, and
Juventus are reportedly interested in the left-back.
According to Calciomercato, Alex Sandro could go the other way in
a swap deal, with Juventus keen to get his bumper salary off their
Juventus have held a long-standing interest in Emerson, having
attempted to sign him during Massimiliano Allegri’s reign.
Despite Juventus’ interest, Emerson opted to join Chelsea instead.
Liverpool are reportedly interested in Sevilla star Lucas Ocampos,
who has scored eight goals and provided four assists so far this
According to Spanish outlet La Razon, the Reds are prepared to
use Takumi Minamino in a potential swap deal for the Argentina
Minamino has struggled since making the move to Anfield from
Red Bull Salzburg and he is currently on loan at Southampton.
Should he be deemed surplus to requirements when he returns,
Minamino could be used in a player-plus-cash deal for Ocampos
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