With the clubs in Ligue 1 now facing seemingly difficult times financially, this could have a huge impact on the possible futures of club stars. Clubs may choose to cash in on possible players to cope with the financial crisis.
Lyon are one such club. Coach Rudi Garcia was not disillusioned as to the reality of the repercussions. “It’s a double blow,” said Garcia.
“Not only did we not receive all the TV money we should have with last season’s early end, but on top of that we won’t receive the billion we had counted on when we planned to start this season early.”
Could this then have an impact on Houssem Aouar and Memphis Depay’s futures? Arsenal and Barcelona respectively were interested in both players in the summer and could now perhaps pursue a possible cut-price deal in the upcoming January window.
Much of the media chatter surrounding ongoings at the Emirates of late has of course centered on German international Ozil.
This comes with Mikel Arteta having doubled down on his efforts to freeze the former Real Madrid man out of his first-team setup.
Upon Spanish tactician Arteta taking the reins in north London late last year, Ozil’s initial experiences actually proved quite positive. The 32-year-old was afforded a consistent string of starts by his new boss, suggesting that he was set to prove central to the plans of Arteta moving forward.
Bizarrely, however, since football’s return on the back of the initial Covid-19 outbreak during the summer, Ozil has not received a single minute of playing time.
Arteta, meanwhile, has made crystal clear that this situation is unlikely to change any time soon, through a pair of high-profile calls over the last couple of weeks.