Premier League clubs are turning to an online dating-style app to hunt out new signings.
The online player trading platform Transfer Room is being used by 13 Premier League clubs, with teams paying up to £2,500-a-month to speak directly to each other and cut out the middle men.
The first deal was made using Transfer Room in 2017 – with over 250 transfer agreed since – and chief executive Jonas Ankersen expects more than 100 more this summer
On Thursday, recruitment staff from across Europe logged on to the online chat room, where they were presented with information on various players.
“You get a 10-minute slot. That’s it. Then, bang, on to the next one,” Brighton technical director, Dan Ashworth, told the Guardian.
He, alongside colleagues Paul Winstanley and David Weir, held 45 virtual meetings inside four hours.
Ashworth added: “It’s a great way of improving your contact base and being really time efficient, and just getting to speak to a lot of clubs.”