Former Brighton and Hove Albion manager and player Brian Horton believes the introduction of the UK transfer window has turned the discussions into a nightmare.
Recently, clubs in the UK and across Europe have been restricted from buying and selling players due to the introduction of transfer windows.
The summer window usually lasts between June and August, with clubs having to wait until the month-long window in January if they want to make changes to their squads in the middle of the season.
For the Seagulls and the rest of the clubs in the Premier League, the transfer window was closed on Tuesday night, with Graham Potter making five first-team signings. Of the five, two are on loan, with Abdallah Sima moving to Stoke City and Karou Mitoma to Royale Union Saint-Gilloise.
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It’s been an eventful summer transfer window across Europe as Ballon d’Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both moved to new clubs.
Horton, who played 252 games in Brighton between 1976 and 1981 and played another 43 between 1998 and 1999, admits it was a lot easier to manage before the transfer window restrictions were put in place.
“I think the transfer window has become a nightmare,” Horton told SussexLive. “People say, ‘Should we do it? Then there was the Harry Kane debate and the Ronaldo debate.
“It’s going to be an absolute lottery. I would say that more than ever because of this transfer deadline.
“When I was the manager, these transfer windows weren’t until March. Now those are the rules and you have to deal with them.”
His comments come after Brighton sold defender Ben White to Arsenal for £ 50m this summer while midfielder Yves Bissouma remains at the club despite being heavily linked to a move this summer.
Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool were all reportedly keen to sign Bissouma this summer but Brighton chose not to concede the midfielder and keep the midfielder in Potter’s squad, much to the delight of the fans.
Horton believe Bissouma’s future would have been debated by the club hierarchy, given the financial aspect tied to a deal for the midfielder that is said to be worth around £ 40million.
“Sometimes it works and sometimes it backfires. You need to use your judgment. I am sure everyone involved with transfers in Brighton will speak and discuss about it.
“These will not be last minute decisions, they will have long debated which path to take.
“You have to look at the financial situation as the pandemic progresses. It will have been discussed around the table many times.”