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*📅📅8TH MAY 2020*
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🎻🎻Spanish FA propose five substitutions when La Liga resumes
🎻🎻Mbappe awarded Ligue 1 golden boot after season ended early
🎻🎻Barcelona confirm return to individual training from Friday after coronavirus all-clear
🎻🎻Dates for La Liga season return and finish revealed by Leganes coach Aguirre
🎻🎻 Brighton chief opposes Premier League ‘Project Restart’ plans
🎻🎻Four positive coronavirus tests at Sampdoria including previously recovered player
🎻🎻Juventus star Dybala hopes to play with Pogba again
🎻🎻‘No one can tolerate this act’ – Angers striker El Melali apologises for public masturbation
🎻🎻Liverpool partially re-open training ground for player sessions
🎻🎻Government sets September as month to resume Rwanda league
🎻🎻’I am being harassed’ – Walker defends himself after breaking lockdown to visit family
🎻🎻Matic: If you lose under Mourinho, you’re hiding from him at the training ground!
🎻🎻Bundesliga is back on 16 May: The complete schedule for the remaining fixtures
🎻🎻Milan and Inter unveil two new concepts for €1bn San Siro redesign
🎻🎻‘I can’t tell Aubameyang to stay when I left’ – Henry unsure what future holds for Arsenal striker
🎻🎻‘Ronaldo was a genius for Man Utd at 18!’ – Saha salutes five-time Ballon d’Or winner
🎻🎻‘I still can’t believe I’m a Man Utd player!’ – Daniel James reflects on ‘mad’ journey from Swansea to Old Trafford
🎻🎻’Look at what Man City & Liverpool have got’ – Cole tells Man Utd they need to sign another striker
🎻🎻Liverpool ‘always’ Gerrard’s team but Reds legend in no rush to leave Rangers
🎻🎻I will respect any player who does not want to play if Premier League returns – Sheffield boss Chris Wilder
🎻🎻Donnarumma urged to consider Premier League move as Milan are ‘years’ from success
🎻🎻Former Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah to seek court action against Football Association
🎻🎻Fiorentina confirm six players and coaching staff have tested positive for coronavirus
🎻🎻’It’s time for change’ – Toure backs Drogba’s faltering Ivorian Football Association presidential campaign
🎻🎻’My head was blown off!’ – De Bruyne says it is difficult to adapt to Manchester City boss Guardiola’s tactics
📚📚Juventus have almost all their players back in Turin after going overseas, staying in quarantine, but Gonzalo Higuain and Adrien Rabiot are still abroad.
📚📚BT Sport are reportedly considering making their Bundesliga matches available free for all to view ahead of the competition’s return next Saturday.
📚📚Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Barcelona’s 16-year-old defender Marc Jurado, according to Barcelona-based journalist Albert Rogé. The right-back turned down an offer from Barca ahead of his move to Old Trafford this summer.
📚📚Kylian Mbappe has been awarded the Ligue 1 Golden Boot following the cancellation of 2019-20 season due to coronavirus despite being level on goals with Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder.
📚📚Sevilla sporting director Monchi has dismissed claims that the Andalusian side are interested in signing Ivan Rakitic this summer. The Croatian’s career in Spain first started at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan before he moved to Barcelona in 2014.
📚📚Bayern Munich have appointed former striker Miroslav Klose as the new assistant coach of Hansi Flick on a one-year contract, though he won’t take up his new role until next season. The 41-year-old played for Die Roten between 2007 and 2011, during which time he made 150 appearances in all competitions and scored 53 times.
📚📚The Barcelona squad has tested negative for the coronavirus. As a result, the Blaugrana could resume training on an individual basis as early as Friday. Only Ousmane Dembele remains to be tested, as he has yet to visit the club’s facilities due to his long-term injury.
📚📚Sources from Ousmane Dembélé’s environment confirmed that he will go to the Ciudad Deportiva on Monday to undergo the COVID-19 tests.
📚📚The Spanish football federation (RFEF) proposes the idea of 5 substitutions per team, The intention is to protect the health of the players.
📚📚It is now official, the Bundesliga will resume behind closed doors on 16 May, the season is scheduled to conclude on the 27th June. becoming the first European league to restart following the coronavirus shutdown.
📚📚The restart of Italian Serie A gets more complicated with new positive coronavirus cases.
– 6 positive cases at Fiorentina
– 4 positive cases at Sampdoria
– 3 positive cases at Milan
📚📚 Lyon President Aulas confirms the filing of a legal action in the Paris courts for the Ligue 1 2019/20 season to be completed. Lyon have also filed a 2nd lawsuit against the LFP for the way in which the final standings were calculated.
📚📚Borussia Dortmund and Gio Reyna have agreed a contract extension until 2023; can’t officially confirm the deal until his 18th birthday on 13 November.
📚📚Real Madrid are pondering a surprise move for £60million-rated Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos, according to Mundo Deportivo.
📚📚Leganes boss Javier Aguirre has reportedly revealed that LaLiga Santander are planning to resume the 2019/20 season on June 20.
📚📚Sampdoria announce that three new COVID-19 cases have been found in their squad, along with one player who had been negative and returned to being positive.
📚📚David Beckham’s Inter Miami are in initial negotiations with Roma midfielder Javier Pastore, claim reports in France.
📚📚L’Équipe report that Ligue 1 side Rennes are considering returning to training next week, despite the LFP’s decision from last week to terminate the 2019/20 campaign.
📚📚OGC Nice Director of Football Julien Fournier has denied interest in signing Borussia Dortmund attacker Mario Götze, who is available on a free transfer this summer.
📚📚 Angers winger Farid El Melali has issued an apology via Instagram after being arrested earlier this week for public masturbation.
📚📚Paris Saint-Germain have discontinued their interest in signing Real Madrid full-back Achraf Hakimi, according to a report in El Espanol.
📚📚Barcelona hopes of signing Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele are high as they believe the player’s relationship with boss Jose Mourinho is deteriorating further.
📚📚Kylian Mbappe ‘would fit very well at Real Madrid’ according to Monaco midfielder and former Spain international Cesc Fabregas.
📚📚The sporting director of MLS club Inter Miami remained coy on reports linking them with a move for La Liga stars Arturo Vidal and Gareth Bale.
📚📚Eight Serie A players and three members of club staff have already tested positive for the coronavirus in pre-training examinations, with many more tests set to come in the near future.
📚📚Fiorentina have confirmed that three of their players and three members of their coaching staff have tested positive for coronavirus.
📚📚Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes insists that Neymar will remain at the club, despite continued interest from Barcelona.
📚📚Juventus are reportedly planning to offer Federico Bernardeschi as part of the proposed deal to bring Roma starlet Nicolò Zaniolo to Turin.
📚📚Inter target Timo Werner’s price could drop to €50m if RB Leipzig don’t win the Bundesliga, but the Nerazzurri face competition from Liverpool for the German international.
📚📚Lyon President Aulas says “I did a little calculation yesterday, this decision to terminate the 2019/20 season early will cost French football €700m.” (L’Éq)
📚📚Lazio are reportedly chasing the signature of Watford loanee Luis Suarez, who has bagged 17 goals in the Spanish Segunda Division this term.
📚📚Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to return to Milan by this Saturday and will observe a two-week quarantine ahead of returning to training.
📚📚Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has been targeted by Tottenham and Everton, but the Senegal international will reportedly wait for Europe’s giants.
📚📚Atalanta have officially announced that goalkeeper Marco Sportiello has recovered from coronavirus.
📚📚Milan are reportedly in contact and ready to invest €40m to sign Luka Jovic from Real Madrid this summer, but it could mean Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not remain.
📚📚PSG are the latest club linked with Napoli forward Dries Mertens, who will be a free agent if he doesn’t sign a new deal at the San Paolo.
📚📚The man in charge of medical screening for Napoli players and staff explains the process that will allow them to resume training from Saturday after the COVID-19 crisis.
📚📚The 2019-20 Serie C season is over, as the clubs agreed to terminate it here, promoting Monza, Vicenza, Reggina and probably Carpi to Serie B, while there will be no relegations.
📚📚Hellas Verona confirm their players and staff tested negative for COVID-19, so training can resume today.
📚📚Holland boss Ronald Koeman says he feels “as fit as a fiddle again” – less than a week after undergoing heart surgery.
⚽⚽Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s agent has denied that Arsenal want to sell the Armenian. Mino Raiola said the rumours about the midfielder, 31, were “fake news”. (Express)
⚽⚽Newcastle will spend 80m euros (£70m) on Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho if the club’s proposed takeover goes through. The 27-year-old is currently on loan at Bayern Munich. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)
⚽⚽Newcastle’s potential new owners also want to sign Napoli and Senegal centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly. The 28-year-old is expected to leave the Italian club this summer for around £69.8m. (Sky Sports via Star)
⚽⚽However, Koulibaly is also considering a move to Liverpool. (Calciomercato – in Italian)
⚽⚽Borussia Dortmund expect England winger Jadon Sancho, 20, to remain at the club, despite continued interest from Manchester United. (Sky Sports)
⚽⚽Premier League players must keep their cars spotless as part of coronavirus hygiene measures. (Mirror)
⚽⚽Leicester midfielder James Maddison, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
A look at what tinkering the top 10 Premier League clubs’ squads might need in the next transfer window…
⚽⚽Arsenal could be given the chance to sign Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, 27, as a direct replacement for Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Aubameyang, 30, is out of contract next season, while Argentine Icardi is currently on loan at Paris St-Germain. (Tuttosport via Teamtalk)
⚽⚽The Gunners are also close to securing an agreement with free agent George Lewis. The Norwegian winger, 19, was previously at Tromso. (Metro via Goal)
⚽⚽Barcelona teenager Marc Jurado, 16, has turned down an offer of a professional contract with the Spanish club. The right-back is set to join Manchester United in the summer. (ESPN)
⚽⚽Chelsea target Dries Mertens has yet to agree a contract extension with Napoli. The Belgian forward, 33, is out of contract in the summer. (Calciomercato – in Italian)
⚽⚽Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham are all interested in Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The Serbian, 25, will be allowed to leave the club for upwards of £80m. (Mail)
⚽⚽Manchester United are stepping up their pursuit of Jack Grealish – in a £50m move for the Aston Villa star. (Sun)
⚽⚽Premier League clubs opposed to the restart fear Liverpool will play the kids once they have won the title. (Daily Mail)
⚽⚽Kosovo and Wolfsburg winger Milot Rashica, 23, is a transfer target for Liverpool, the president of the Kosovo football federation has said. (Standard)
⚽⚽Sean Dyche has refused to rule out the possibility of leaving Burnley. (Mail)
⚽⚽Manchester United’s players have stepped up their training at home in preparation for the season to restart. (Telegraph)
⚽⚽Championship leaders Leeds United are the favourites to sign Linfield midfielder Charlie Allen. The Northern Irishman, 17, has attracted interest from Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool. (Yorkshire Post)
⚽⚽Chelsea are interested in Monaco defender Fode Ballo Toure. The Frenchman, 23, is under contract until 2023. (Foot Mercato – in French)
⚽⚽The Premier League is not intending to send squads of players into quarantine if one of them tests positive for coronavirus once they return to training. (Times)
⚽⚽FIFA will sanction an increase from three to five substitutions per game when football returns amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Sun)
⚽⚽Barcelona’s Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 32, says he is not thinking about leaving the club, despite his contract expiring in 2021. (Sky Germany – in German)
*BRITISH PAPER TALK*
📋📋A gang have raided the homes of Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and Leicester’s late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, stealing more than £1m of valuables.
📋📋The toxic rift over plans to complete the Premier League season at neutral venues has deepened, with positions becoming more entrenched amid mounting threats over the consequences of clubs failing to break the deadlock.
*LONDON EVENING STANDARD*
📋📋Manchester City defender Kyle Walker faces a police quiz and a £1,000 fine after breaking lockdown rules three times in 24 hours.
📋📋A psychologist who has been helping players cope with the impact of the coronavirus crisis has warned many are scared of returning ahead of the resumption of the Premier League season.
📋📋Amanda Staveley’s Saudi-backed takeover of Newcastle is set to be formally announced by the end of next week, according to sources close to the country’s royal family.
📋📋The government and Premier League could face legal action from top-flight clubs if players contract COVID-19 if and when the season starts again.
*MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS*
📋📋Manchester City have no wish of selling Gabriel Jesus, since Pep Guardiola would like to keep counting on him in the squad. Pep would only think of letting the player go would be in case of a swap deal for Juve forward, Paulo Dybala.
📋📋Chilean forward Alexis Sánchez could feature for Manchester United after the coronavirus postponement, should Premier League games resume and continue after June 30th.
📋📋Manchester United have told the squad to be ready to return to Carrington on May 18 as the Premier League gears up for the possibility of resuming in mid-June.
📋📋Manchester City are interested in PSG’s young defender Tanguy Kouassi. Tanguy has been one of the exciting breakthroughs under Thomas Tuchel at the Ligue 1 champions, and has caught the eye of many managers and scouts.
📋📋Pablo Zabaleta says he might be forced to retire this summer if fans are banned from stadiums next season. The former Manchester City defender is nearing the end of his contract at West Ham, and is expected to leave the London Stadium this summer.
📋📋Liverpool have partially reopened Melwood ahead of a return to training at the end of the lockdown restrictions. The Reds have been away from their base since they voluntarily suspended operations in West Derby back on Friday March 13.
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