What about players who are out-of-contract in the summer? as the Premier League finally suspends games amid coronavirus chaos while games are potentially still going on.
Will they be able to negotiate short-term deals to finish the season if games are scheduled beyond that date? Will there be mercenaries for hire to help teams field a starting XI?
Probably not, to be honest. In all likelihood, the expiry date will just be moved back. But we won’t know until all the rest has been worked out.
Players like Chelsea’s Willian, Olivier Giroud, Pedro, Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen, Liverpool’s James Milner, Joel Matip, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne are out of contract on this date and they could technically argue they are not duty-bound to play the games. But chances of that are incredibly slim.
However, the on loan star who deal expire in June with likes Odon Ighalo, Pablo Mari, Danny Drinkwater and the rest of the players currently in other clubs but could cut their loan spell short,
The PFA say they have ‘relayed their concern’ to the Premier League and asked for a suspension to games, but there’s no update on individual players as yet.
The Premier League said action would resume on 4 April “subject to medical advice and conditions at the time”.