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Gary Neville asks for transfer ban on Premier League rivals over controversial decision

Tanish Chachra

Gary Neville asks for transfer ban on Premier League rivals over controversial decision

Gary Neville asks for transfer ban on the Premier League clubs who have asked for furlough amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.

On Sunday it was revealed that there are five Premier League clubs who have opted for to furlough their staff, raged by this decision Gary Neville has asked for a transfer ban to be imposed on these clubs.

The five clubs include – Tottenham Hotspur, Sheffield United (but insists to pay them in full), Norwich City, Newcastle United and Bournemouth. Even Liverpool was among those clubs but later backtracked after a huge backlash from the fans.

“These transfer discussions, whether it be Harry Kane to United for £200 million or Jadon Sancho to City or United for £100m, it completely undermines the discussions the Premier League are having with the players around taking a 30 per cent pay cut,” the former Manchester United captain told Sky Sports.

“If you’re asking for a 30 per cent pay cut across the board and you’re going to spend another £1bm in two months on transfers. The Premier League spent £1.4bn last summer on transfers and the previous three summers they also spent over £1bn. If you’re trying to get 30 per cent pay cuts from existing players, you may have to put a transfer embargo in place.

“If I was the PFA, and Tottenham want a 30 per cent pay cut, or Manchester United on their players, which was what was said a couple of weeks ago, then it’s very difficult for the existing players then see their club do a transfer for £200m three weeks later.

“Transfers are things the fans love, and we love players moving around, but it does seem to me to be awry when we’ve got such a behind-the-scenes war going on with respect to players taking cuts, the clubs needing support, and then in the next breath you’ve got a £200m transfer speculation going on.

“That doesn’t feel right to me. Premier League clubs can’t stop the speculation, but there’s no smoke without fire. I would suggest the Premier League to stop this would probably put a transfer embargo in place on all clubs that are looking to reduce their players’ wages.

“That would take away a lot of the angst that is existing among the players behind the scenes who feel they’re having the wool pulled over their eyes by the clubs.”

The scheme enables businesses to claim 80 per cent of staff wages, up to £2,500 a month, during the coronavirus crisis. Earlier, Neville declared that NHS staff could use his two hotels in Manchester.

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Tanish Chachra

Tanish Chachra


Tanish Chachra is the Motorsport editor at The SportsRush. He saw his first race when F1 visited India in 2011, and since then, his romance with the sport has been seasonal until he took up this role in 2020. Reigniting F1's coverage on this site, Tanish has fallen in love with the sport all over again. He loves Kimi Raikkonen and sees a future world champion in Oscar Piastri. Away from us, he loves to snuggle inside his books.

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