Kevin Phillips fears Tottenham will be heavily restricted in the transfer market and tipped them to sign freebies like Willian.
The former Sunderland and Southampton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, pointed out, that even with fans, Arsenal were restricted in their spending for a number of years after moving into the Emirates.
There is a distinct possibility the 2020/21 season will be played behind-closed-doors with the government set to ban large group gatherings until a vaccine for COVID-19 can be found.
As revealed by Football Insider, Spurs stand to lose over £100million from matchday revenue if next season is, as feared, to be played without fans.
The Lilywhites moved into their new state-of-the-art £1billion stadium last year.
When asked by Football Insider if transfer plans would be scuppered in such an eventuality, Phillips said: “If there is no crowd in that stadium next year, with the salaries they have got to pay you would fear it would have a knock-on effect.
“You saw it with Arsenal when they went into the Emirates. It is a tough one.
“This virus has come for the wrong time for Tottenham, having moved into a new stadium and with the revenue that generates on matchdays – it is huge to the football club.
“It will have an effect on future transfers. They will need continue down the route they are on with Willian, free transfers.”
Football Insider understands Willian, who becomes a free agent on June 30, is the club’s number one target this summer.
The forward, 31, is proven in the Premier League after 329 matches at Chelsea that have yielded 59 goals and 59 assists.
In other Tottenham news, Paul Robinson has told Football Insider 22-year-old is ‘a victim of Mourinho’ as exit nears.