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Bayern president says coronavirus will see transfer market collapse

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

21:44 25 Mar 2020

Bayern Munich's honorary president Uli Hoeness says the football landscape will be changed utterly following the COVID-19 shutdown. 

The Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 are suspended until April 30 at the very earliest.

Bayern and Borussia Dortmund players have agreed to pay cuts in an effort to secure jobs further down the food chain of their respective clubs.

Hoeness took a phone call from Kicker this week where he urged Germans to adhere to their own government's regulations in combating the pandemic and asked for solidarity saying it must be "lived not told".

The 68-year old also feels the largesse of the transfer market may come to an end following the coronavirus suspension.

"I can't imagine 100 million euro transfers in the near future", Hoeness told the German magazine, "The transfer sums will fall, the amounts will not be able to move at the previous level in the next two or three years.

"Because all countries are affected. There will very likely be a new football world."

When the DFL met to discuss the next steps for the Bundesliga they refused to rule out playing games behind closed doors.

Hoeness feels in the right and safe circumstances, that could be a valid notion, "Even games without viewers guarantee the distribution of TV money, and if that works, there will be no existential problem for 2019/20."

If there are no games prior to Christmas, the Bayern legend feels "the livelihood of the entire league will be threatened."

An April 30 resumption of activities appears the stuff of fantasy, and Hoeness himself points out, "Anyone who makes predictions about a possible start of the games are charlatans."

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