It had promised to be one of the busiest summer transfer markets for several years, with blockbuster names moving around and sagas galore.
But the narrowness of the coronavirus pandemic means that we no longer even know when the transfer window will be left alone if the major European clubs have money to spend.
What is clear is that no club, however rich, is immune to suffering a huge financial blow following the almost total cessation of football in recent weeks and months .
Paul Pogba could be part of a crowd of prominent players forced to wait another year for lucrative transfers following the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled all football
Offers worth tens of millions of pounds that seemed very likely to be closed could now be on the carpet, with no club entirely sure how far their shrinking budget will lead them.
While it is certainly true that the value of many players will drop as a result of these extraordinary moments, it is also fair to say that these players at the top of the game will retain their value.
But who can pay them now? Sportsmail take a look at 10 potential transfers this summer that could now be canceled by the coronavirus.
Paris Saint-Germain to Real Madrid
It sounded like the signing of the summer declaration, a very impressive argument from Real Madrid that they wanted to return to the top of European football.
Mbappe, just 21, is the most prolific young goalscorer in Europe and already a World Cup winner and whoever bought it was sure to have his best years.
Real are among the few clubs that could afford the asking price of the PSG which is approaching £ 200 million, but, according to reports last week, the move will be put on the ice for 12 months until 2021.
Reports in Spain suggest Real Madrid will wait another 12 months for PSG ace Kylian Mbappe
The Bernabeu club estimates that Mbappe’s asking price will drop to around £ 130 million by then because he has only one year left on his contract and market values will generally drop.
Thus, the virus could mean that Mbappe would have one last season with PSG before his transfer of mega-money next year.
Tottenham Hotspur at Manchester United or Real Madrid
A very remarkable transfer possibility that has emerged in recent weeks with Tottenham allowing Manchester United to know that its talismanic striker Harry Kane could be available.
World record transfer costs of £ 200 million would be required to close the deal and Spurs still have a tough deal but United knows they could be a world class center ahead of a challenge Premier League title.
Harry Kane has been linked to a distance from Tottenham – but can anyone afford it?
The Old Trafford club is also one of the few who can afford such a transfer plus Kane’s salary, but the coronavirus will hit United as hard as anyone.
Kane, 26, spoke of his desire to win trophies before it is too late and United would not be able to guarantee it right away. Could Real Madrid or Juventus, on the other hand, afford it?
The incredibly high transfer fees in today’s climate, the Spurs’ refusal to move away from negotiations and the possible reluctance to sell to a national rival could all mean that Kane is spending another season under Jose Mourinho in north London.
Borussia Dortmund at Manchester United or Chelsea
Another transfer that seemed like absolute certainty to happen this summer and also for nine-digit transfer fees.
Manchester United had identified England star Sancho as a prime target and Borussia Dortmund were ready to come to the table. Chelsea had also been linked with the 20-year-old.
Now, all of Sancho’s contenders would likely have a chance to lower the attacker’s price by 100 million pounds, which could make Dortmund reluctant to sell.
Jadon Sancho’s return to the Premier League from Dortmund has long seemed to be happening
And with Kane now potentially available, it could become a matter of priorities this summer, and since United have already made a lot of progress, choosing the Spurs talisman could take priority.
Remember, Dortmund take a big hit from their vast empty stadium when and if the Bundesliga takes over, it’s a deal that seems more likely than most to go through.
RB Leipzig to Liverpool
There aren’t a lot of better strikers in Europe right now than Timo Werner and it was really only a matter of time before one of the elite clubs inquired.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp knows all too well that the best teams should never rest on their laurels, even if they have won the Champions League and – if the pandemic allows – the Premier League in seasons consecutive.
Liverpool favorite to sign prolific RB Leipzig goalscorer Timo Werner this summer
Adding Werner to their already formidable front line would be quite the statement and the German is available for a relatively cheap price of £ 51 million.
But it goes without saying that Liverpool are having a buffet during this crisis – from a public relations point of view after putting the staff on leave, something they have reversed after intense criticism, and also financially.
The financial side could lead to a reassessment of transfer priorities and travel restrictions also prevented Klopp from organizing a personal meeting where he aimed to convince Werner of the merits of coming to Anfield.
Manchester United at Real Madrid or Juventus
Paul Pogba leaving Manchester United a second time to join Real Madrid is a saga that has been booming for months now.
And that seemed to be the theme of this summer too, with Pogba on the verge of recovering from the foot and ankle problems that had kept him from playing for United since the day after Christmas.
Paul Pogba could get stuck at Man United given the new financial climate in football
The fact that United started playing well in his absence further increased the likelihood of Pogba’s departure, with a return to Juventus also possible.
But the financial climate has led these European heavyweights to wonder if Pogba is a valid buy at the moment, even if United could let him go for just £ 50 million.
So when we see him playing again, it could very well be for United, unable to escape and trying to move up in their midfield, for better or for worse.
Paris Saint-Germain to Barcelona
Yet another headline in the pipeline for this summer.
Before the coronavirus epidemic, momentum gathered in Barcelona for Neymar’s return with a series of stories expressing confidence that they could sign the Brazilian and Inter Milan’s striker Lautaro Martinez.
Now players are undergoing huge wage cuts, plans to redevelop Camp Nou are on hold, and the financial impact of this crisis is expected to be profound.
Neymar’s much-discussed return to Barcelona from PSG may still be on hold
The odds that Barcelona will be able to afford Neymar at around £ 150 million are diminishing rapidly and, to add even more insult, his salary should be reduced, the PSG compensating for the lack of television revenue.
Neymar would no doubt appreciate the prospect of finding Lionel Messi and other former colleagues in Barcelona after three years in Paris, but they just can’t afford it.
DONNY VAN DE BEEK
Ajax at Real Madrid
Ajax and Real Madrid have reportedly reached a £ 47m deal to bring the 22-year-old midfielder to the Bernabeu in January.
But, speaking this week, Van de Beek’s agent Guido Albers said he was concerned that the deal might not materialize given the coronavirus.
Donny van de Beek’s £ 47m transfer from Ajax to Real Madrid may not go as planned
“What’s going to happen to Donny? No one knows for the moment, ”Albers told Mundo Deportivo.
“We will see what comes out in the coming weeks. I dare not say anything about it, also because some things are confidential, although the coronavirus has changed the situation of some clubs and we have to take a closer look. “
This will become increasingly evident if this is true in the months to come.
Manchester City to Bayern Munich
A transfer that should have taken place last summer only for Sane to suffer from an anterior cruciate ligament injury that has excluded him from the entire season.
Bayern, however, maintained its interest in the Manchester City man and was looking to close the deal when the window was opened this summer.
Transferring £ 100 million from Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich from Manchester City may be too expensive
The coronavirus came at a bad time for the 24-year-old, who was nearing a return from injury, and now there is speculation that Bayern will not be able to afford the asking price of £ 100 million.
However, there is good reason to hope that Sane is now entering the last year of his contract and the price could be reduced.
Chelsea at Real Madrid or Barcelona
Stories linking Chelsea midfielder Kante to a move to one of Spain’s top two have multiplied over the past week.
Zinedine Zidane has reportedly placed the Frenchman on a shortlist as he seeks to strengthen his midfielder and help Casemiro in the role of holder.
N’Golo Kante’s Chelsea stay comes to an end with two interested Spanish giants
And Barcelona wanted to include Kante in the deal that sees Philippe Coutinho heading the other way to Chelsea.
But as we mentioned, these are belt tightening times for Barça and Real and it seems that the two clubs have more pressing priorities for their tight budgets.
Barcelona to Chelsea or Arsenal
It has long been evident that Coutinho is in excess of Barcelona’s needs, as shown by the fact that he is currently on loan to Bayern Munich.
The German club was not impressed enough to buy it and Barcelona apparently do not want him to come back.
The Brazilian, formerly of Liverpool, was therefore linked to a return to the Premier League with the London duo Chelsea and Arsenal apparently leading.
Philippe Coutinho is in excess of the requirements of Barcelona with links to two English clubs
But Chelsea don’t want to make £ 70 million for him, and some reports suggest they’re only interested in a loan deal where their only responsibility would be his salary.
Throw a coin swap involving Kante’s likes into the equation and it could get very messy.
Coutinho may end up warming the Nou camp bench next year if no one matches the asking price in these strange times.