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Barcelona, Inter Milan, La Liga, Serie A

Hernan Crespo Urges Lautaro Martinez To Stay At Inter

Lautaro Martinez

One of the stories of this summer’s transfer window is the future of Inter Milan’s talented young striker Lautaro Martinez.

Martinez has a €111m release clause in his contract that can only be activated during the first two weeks of July. Lots of clubs have been linked with the Argentina international, none more so that Barcelona.

Barcelona have been tapping up Martinez in the press since November with Luis Suarez even getting involved.

Not everyone thinks this is the time for the 22-year-old to leave Inter. Martinez’s Argentine compatriot Hernam Crespo, who played more than 50 times for Inter, believes the best thing for his career would be to stay put.

Barcelona, La Liga

Barcelona To Ask Players To Take An Additional Pay Cut

With money tight everywhere we get a glimpse into who the best run football clubs. And who are not. One of the leaders in the worst-run category is Barcelona, who are going back to their players and asking them to take further wage cuts as Barca’s 2021-22 budget will be €200 million less than what it was this season.

The players have already agreed to take a 70% reduction to their monthly salaries to help Barca through this economic crisis, biut former vice president Emili Rousaud, who was a member of the board of directors until last week, told ESPN “the club’s proposal lacked ambition given the economic problems they will have to face.”

Ligue 1, La Liga, Man Utd., Premier League, Real Madrid

French Politician Clueless About Player Valuations

Mbappe

French politician Daniel Cohn-Bendi started off making sense when he said that the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic will cause transfer values to plummet. I think everyone agrees with that statement. Then he showed his naivety when he tried to use PSG forward Kylian Mbappe as an example of the impending price drop.

“Tomorrow, Mbappe will cost around €35-40M at most, not €200M, he told an interview with French outlet Ouest-France, reported via the Evening Standard.

“Who is going to be able to buy him?

“There is going to be new regulations, and this will affect wages and image rights.”

Barcelona, La Liga

Barcelona Players Reject Proposal Of Being Isolated In Hotels

If football was to return to Spain this season it would be behind closed doors. And according to media reports, it would require player and staff from each of the 20 clubs to be isolated in hotels while matches are being played.

According to Diario Sport, the idea of being isolated in a hotel for weeks has not gone over well with Barcelona players,

La Liga are said to be considering all possibilities for restarting football at the earliest possible date but it appears that the players will reject extreme plans that would see them cut off from the rest of society.

Inter Milan, La Liga, Serie A

Mercato: Icardi To Atletico Madrid?

Mercato Transfers Serie A

There was a point not that long ago when we pictured Diego Simeone managing Mauro Icardi. Expect we envisioned it taking place at Inter and not in Spain.

And that is a possibility now as Atletico Madrid are reportedly stepping up their interest in Icardi, as Simeone views him as the idea replacement for Diego Costa

According to Tuttosport writes that Simeone has already been in touch with Icardi’s wife and agent Wanda Nara regarding a move for the 27-year-old. Wanda has been adamant that Icardi return to Italy, but with those optiosn limited, and Icardi in the prime if his career, would she move the family to Spain?

Barcelona, Champions League, La Liga, Real Madrid

Spanish FA Screw Getafe Over Proposed Champions League Places

Champions League Trophy

Getafe are said to be outraged at plans from the Spanish FA that would see them miss out on a Champions League spot.

There is growing consensus that the 2019/20 campaign will not be completed due to the indefinite suspension of football in Spain caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

As outlined by Marca and Cadena Cope, the Spanish FA say that the four Champions League places would go to the current top four in La LigaBarcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Real Sociedad and Getafe and Atletico de Madrid would go into the Europa League

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Champions League Matches To Resume In August?

Champions League Trophy

UEFA are expected to present their plans for the Champions League, played from August 7-31 with a game every three days until the Final on August 29.

A series of meetings have been set up for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week, to discuss how to proceed in concluding the 2019-20 season amid a coronavirus pandemic.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the idea is to play the Cup competitions from August 7, after all the domestic leagues across Europe have reached their conclusion.

The most likely option will see the second leg fixtures left over from the Champions League Round of 16, which include Juventus-Lyon and Barcelona-Napoli, on August 7-8.

Barcelona, Champions League, La Liga, Real Madrid

Spanish FA Make Controversial Champions League Decisions

La Liga Logo

The Spanish FA has confirmed its proposal on how to award European places in case the current La Liga season cannot be finished.

There are growing fears that the 2019/20 campaign will not be completed due to the indefinite suspension of football in Spain caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

As outlined by Marca and Cadena Cope, the Spanish FA say that the four Champions League places would go to the current top four in La Liga – Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Real Sociedad.

Barcelona, La Liga

No Reality To Setien’s Transfer Dreams

FC Barcelona is a club that is broke and in the middle of a nasty civil war. But that has not stopped coach Quique Setien dreaming of signing ‘both’ Inter forward forward Lautaro Martinez and PSG talisman Neymar this summer.

The transfer saga of Lautaro will go on until his limited release clause ends in mid-July.Barcelona are constantly mentioned as his next destination but Inter want the fill €111m in cash for the transfer, a challenge for cash-poor Barcelona who had to borrow funds in order to buy Martin Braithwaite from Leganés in February.

Barcelona, La Liga

Is Barcelona In Danger Of Entering ‘Economic Bankruptcy And Moral Decay’

Barcelona have come under an astonishing attack from a presidential candidate looking to take over the club after he claimed the LaLiga giants are heading towards ‘economic bankruptcy and moral decay’.

Victor Font is the leader of the Si al futur group seeking to take control of the Nou Camp boardroom.

Barca have gone from one crisis to another during the coronavirus pandemic and on Thursday hit a new low when six of Josep Bartomeu’s board resigned from their posts.

Two of the club’s four vice-presidents – Emili Rousaud and Enrique Tombas – as well as directors Silvio Elias, Josep Pont, Jordi Calsamiglia and Maria Texidor have all walked out.