FIFA are considering a seven month transfer window as football comes to terms with an unprecedented suspension.
Since 2002 clubs have been restricted to the summer months and January to complete deals which has created something of an artificial market with a lot of business crammed into the last few days of the window.
The present suspension has created panic at many clubs, Hearts are trying to impose a 50% pay cut while the players and executives at Bayern Munich have agreed a 20% wage cut to ensure the jobs and pay of non-footballing staff.
In the current climate the prospect of £100m plus transfers and players picking up £300,000 or more a week on five year contracts would be difficult to justify.
To take some of the pressure out of the transfer window The Sun is reporting that big changes are being discussed:
FIFA are to consult with clubs about the possibility of keeping the next transfer window open until JANUARY, according to reports.
With sport grinding to a halt, owners and players face a huge financial hit across the globe – with the transfer planning of even the biggest Scottish sides like Celtic and Rangers thrown into uncertainty.
Whenever the sport resumes, there is likely to be a massive reduction in transfer spending and Fifa have established a working group across their confederations which could recommend draconian action in an attempt to restore normality.
At present, the summer transfer window begins at the start of June and ends on August 31.
But the Mirror reports that the idea of keeping the transfer period open for up to SEVEN months is one idea which is being floated.
During the last two summer transfers Celtic have cashed in by raising £45m from the transfers of Kieran Tierney and Moussa Dembele but have tended to be net spenders during the January window.