A report in The Telegraph says FIFA are considering extending the next transfer window right through to January.
This would be a response to the season’s delay, and allow clubs more financial freedom at a time it will be needed.
Here is a look at three impacts it could have on United, two positive and one negative.
More time to finance record breaking move
United were set for a big summer of spending this summer to try and get us a step nearer the top level.
Around three major signings were expected, with one mooted to be a club record breaking transfer for Jadon Sancho.
With the global uncertainty right now, it’s unclear how United are affected, if money spinning pre-season tours are cancelled, and the season cannot be completed, leading to a loss of television money.
The window staying open until December would allow more time for the market to stabilise, assess the situation, and for United to sell players if need be, to finance a blockbuster transfer.
Woodward is a slow negotiator anyway
Chief executive Ed Woodward and negotiator Matt Judge are known to be slow when it comes to conducting transfers.
Getting a deal done for Jadon Sancho is not going to be straightforward in this climate.
Having more time means there is a greater chance United will be able to get their man eventually.
And if the entire normal transfer window was set to be taken up by one deal, more time would remain for United to get further players signed.
One of the issues United have faced has been the stance to only negotiating one transfer at a time. If that remains the policy, having more time can only be beneficial.
Less likely to be quick resolution to Pogba situation
The saga over Paul Pogba’s future at United has dragged on since last May. Even now it could go either way.
The small mercy was that we were heading towards the transfer window and by the end of August, we would know one way or another whether United would be keeping him or selling.
Now this situation could drag on right to the end of 2020, which is likely to be a distraction when matches are being played too.
Even if Pogba signs a new deal, there’s no guarantee speculation over his future will just disappear, if the window stays open all year long, especially with agent and known agitator Mino Raiola close at hand.
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