Juventus exec proposes 'NBA-like' transfer window to get football back on track

Fans and experts are wondering how the beautiful game will be able to get back on its feet after the crisis caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and the idea proposed by Juventus' exec Fabio Paratici could be a good way to do so.

The man behind Cristiano Ronaldo's record-breaking signing with the bianconeri spoke to Tuttosport about his idea, which would see teams trading contracts for their players with other clubs from either their league or from around the world, in order to reduce the massive wages and transfer fees that have made football such an expensive sport for those who want to invest in it.

"There will be many swap deals, a situation that will bring football closer to the NBA," Paratici said in an interview with Tuttosport.

In the NBA, players move from one team to another with the same deal they had in their previous squad, as long as the team they are moving to has space in their salary cap. 

Paratici went on to state how teams from countries with a better economical situation could benefit from this approach, naming Bundesliga clubs in particular.

""It's likely that some clubs, for example those in Germany, can benefit from this general crisis situation through [Germany] having a more stable underlying economy than the others," Paratici added.

Juventus is one of the Italian teams that is ready to cut 20% from players wages to battle the economic problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic. All money "saved" from player wages will be used to break even by paying that cash to office workers and to those who work in other areas of the organization.

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