Gary Neville believes Premier League clubs who are asking for help with player wages or are cutting the salary for stars should be stopped from making transfers when the window re-opens. Many sides have furloughed staff and have asked for help because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy caused a stir when he announced the club would ask for government help.
Liverpool reversed their decision to furlough staff but the Premier League have suggested that all players take a 30 per cent pay cut during the crisis.
And news has emerged Arsenal players have been asked to take a wage deferral to help the staff on less money at the club.
Neville believes the Premier League should act and try and protect players by stopping big-money transfers if they are forced to take pay cuts.
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He said on Sky Sports: “What I would say in the bigger picture, these transfer discussions, whether it be Harry Kane from Tottenham to Manchester United for £200million or Jadon Sancho, you know £100m to City or United and there have been other suggestions over the weekend of signings for £85m.
“What I would say is there is nothing the Premier League can do about this.
“It completely undermines the discussions that they’re having with the players about taking a 30 per cent pay cut.
“If you’re asking for a 30 per cent pay cut across the board and you’re going to spend another £1billion in two months on transfers which the Premier League have spent £1.4bn last summer on transfers.
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“If you’re trying to get 30 per cent pay cuts off existing players you may have to put a transfer embargo in place.
“If I was the PFA, say it is Tottenham that want a 30 per cent pay cut or let’s say it is Manchester United on the players, which is what we said a couple of weeks ago, it is very difficult for the players to then see the club do a £200m transfer three weeks later.
“What I would say at this moment in time is that transfers is something the fans love, we love, we love players moving around.
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“But it does feel to be wrong when we have such a behind the scenes war going on with respect to players taking cuts, clubs needing support, which I believe they do and in the next breath you’ve got £200m transfer speculation going on.
“It doesn’t feel to me right, so my view would be that the Premier League can’t stop the speculation but there is no smoke without fire.
“I would suggest the Premier League at this moment in time, to stop this, would probably put a transfer embargo in place on all clubs that are looking to reduce their player wages.
“That would take away a lot of the angst that is existing behind the scenes with players who think they are having the wool pulled over their eyes by their clubs.”
The Premier League has been suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus crisis leaving clubs in the lurch.
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