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January transfer window signings could be impacted by England's travel constraints

A travel ban on countries from South America and Portugal may impact club signings in the January transfer window.

January transfer window signings could be impacted by England's travel constraints


Europe has seen the opening of the winter transfer window, which has come at the same time as countries close their borders to prevent the spread of highly infectious variations of COVID-19.


The Department for Transport in England stated that a travel ban on countries from South America and Portugal did not currently include an exemption for elite sportsmen and women.


Private charter flights are usually common during transfer window as clubs look to operate efficiently in the market to secure their prospective talents, something that is likely to remain limited during the January transfer market and could affect the summer transfer window too.


The official announcement from the department states: "Any exemptions usually in place - including for those related to employment - will not apply, although hauliers who have been in or transited through Portugal (only) in the last 10 days will be exempt to allow transport of essential goods."


Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion have reportedly been interested in signing Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo from Independiente del Valle, with fears surmounting that a deal might not be finalised for this window due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-10 crisis.


As the world looks to recover from the implications of the coronavirus pandemic, sport and travel could join forces once again to promote a strong financial return for both industries, through the reintroduction of international tournaments as a benefit on the commercial revenues for sport and the travel industry being the one to get them there.