Transfer prices are set to “correct themselves” this summer according to super agent Kia Joorabchian.
The coronavirus pandemic has massively impacted the finances of football clubs as they dealt with the lack of matchday revenue.
Player fees had gone through the roof in recent years, but Joorabchian felt that was never sustainable.
“I think the one thing that maybe occurred during Covid was that prices started to correct themselves a little bit,” he told
“Numbers were getting quite out of control and no matter whether you had Covid or not, it was becoming very difficult for clubs to sustain themselves.
“Everything started to lose its balance and it was getting very difficult for the market. Of course, with the effect of Covid, it became even more difficult.
“I think what will happen is you will see activity, you will see transfers, but you will see it coming back maybe to prices around 2015-16 years.
“An £80m deal would be unheard of but a £60m deal would be huge.”
That could scupper moves for certain players as clubs look to achieve top dollar for their star men.
Several leading lights have been linked with pastures new, but if fees do not approach the £100m mark they may be staying put.
We look at five men who may now be staying put rather than taking on new challenges.
The Borussia Dortmund star is possibility the most wanted man in football and has no shortage of admirers.
The German club have benefitted from the Norwegian’s brilliance for just over a year, but they have become known as a selling club in recent years.
Dortmund have struggled to challenge for honours in recent seasons and could miss out on Champions League football next term.
Haaland’s release clause will come into play next summer which means Dortmund may consider cashing in for a greater fee this summer.
The Tottenham frontman is still seeking his first piece of silverware and that is becoming an issue.
Kane is a hero on the white half of north London, but has previously said loyalty will not come ahead of his ambitions.
Tottenham failed to seize the moment under Mauricio Pochettino and they now look someway off the pace domestically.
Daniel Levy will demand a mammoth fee if he is to let Kane depart – and won’t want to sell him to a rival.
Kane is going to have to push for a Tottenham exit if he does want to seek a new challenge, but in the current financial climate few clubs will be able to afford him.
The PSG star is in the midst of deciding on his next move as he mulls over a contract offer in Paris.
Mbappe is in his fourth season at the Parc des Princes and has won every honour in France, while his performance at the 2018 World Cup also heightened his status.
But PSG will still be confident they can tie him down to a new deal even if he enters the last 12 months of his contract and will not give him up on the cheap.
Aston Villa have reportedly slapped a £100m price tag on their star man in an effort to warn off any suitors.
Grealish has been crucial in Villa’s rise in recent seasons and is establishing himself as a fixture with England.
His attacking flair has seen him linked with both Manchester clubs.
United were seen as a perfect location for Grealish, but City are now ahead of them in the queue according to reports.
Rewind to the back end of 2020 and it seemed certain that Pogba and United would cut ties.
It still remains a strong possibility, but it is not the formality it once seemed.
Mino Raiola appears desperate to get his client out of Old Trafford with Real Madrid and Juventus touted as possible destinations.
United will want to recoup as much of the £89m they spent to sign Pogba back in 2016 meaning a deal may be out of the question this summer.
But Pogba’s contract situation does leave United in a compromising bargaining position IF a potential suitor can come up with the necessary funds.