Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho believes big-money transfer fees will be a thing of the past in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Premier League has been suspended for over two months, since mid-March, though players have now returned to phased training with plans in place to restart the season next month.
Clubs have suffered huge financial losses, a setback Mourinho is convinced will alter the transfer window. He has called on clubs to act responsibly and sensibly.
“I think it’s normal that we are going to have a different market. I don’t see the world and especially the football world, ready for some crazy numbers that we are used to have and some crazy investments that sometimes some clubs, especially some clubs or some leagues, are used to do,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
He said Tottenham’s approach to the transfer market will be sensible, balanced and they “are not going to spend rivers of money” to “respect the situation”.
Tottenham were struggling with a raft of injuries when the season was suspended, but the whole squad – notably Harry Kane and Son Heung-min – have overcome their issues and returned to fitness to provide Mourinho with a huge boost.
However, he said they were not exactly ready to play competitively. “And in Harry’s case, I think it’s about five months since he has played a football match. But all of them, they are not injured anymore. They are training, but of course training is what it is, training has a lot of limitations, we cannot compete, we cannot do one-against-ones, we must keep a certain distance, we cannot compete.”
He believes with a couple of weeks of normal training his players will be match-fit to play.
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By Mthokozisi Dube