Tottenham may be foiled in their bid to seal an early summer move for Chelsea star Willian as dramatic new Fifa plans emerge, Football Insider has learned.
The ruling body have reacted to the coronavirus pandemic that has suspended football by recommending a set of emergency measures that would include a restriction on player movement until leagues are completed.
The leaked Fifa document, details of which have been relayed to Football Insider, cites Covid-19 as a ‘force majeure’ — an unforeseen situation that prevents contracts from being fulfilled.
This means that out of contract players could be set to stay with their clubs beyond the expiry of their initial deals.
This has ramifications for the 60-plus Premier League players whose contracts are due to expire on 30 June, including Willian.
The Brazil international, 31 has admitted talks with Chelsea over an extension have stalled as they have offered a two-year deal rather than the three-year contract he is seeking.
Spurs have made early moves to take advantage of Willian’s west London stalemate.
Mourinho has earmarked the winger as a priority target as he looks to be reunited with the player he signed when he was manager of Chelsea.
Those plans could now be turned on their head amid unprecedented developments behind the scenes.
Under the heading ‘Expiring agreements (contracts) and new agreements’, Fifa states that while contracts normally run to the year ending June 30, those dates are set in tandem with the timings of a football season.
It now proposes to extend all expiring current contracts until the season ends, with new agreements delayed until the new season is under way.
The document also recommends allowing transfer windows to be changed in accordance with new season dates and urges clubs and players to work together to find solutions to salary payments during stoppages.
The plans were discussed by Fifa yesterday and could be decided by the Fifa council in the coming weeks.