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Mercato: Icardi To Atletico Madrid?

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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?

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Champions League Matches To Resume In August?

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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.

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FIGC Determined To Restart The Serie A Season

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Italy’s leading infectious diseases specialist confirms “Serie A could resume in a month’s time, behind closed doors and with rigorous measures.”

The FIGC (Italian Football Federation) wrote up the protocol for getting players and staff back on the pitch in as much safety as possible after the coronavirus pandemic.

They are aiming to start training from May 4, with games taking place from May 30-31.

“As things stand today, the Serie A campaign could not resume, but it could do in a month’s time, albeit behind closed doors and with rigorous measures,” said Giovanni Rezza, director of the Department for Infectious Diseases at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità.

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No Fans At Serie A Games Until January 2021?

While Serie A is pushig to restart games at the end of May, those games will be in empty stadiums. And that situation will not change for the foreseeable future according to reports.

There are multiple reports the lockdown order will be eased from May 4, allowing players to train, so they can resume the fixture list from circa May 31.

However, those games will be played behind closed doors and it’s a situation that could last longer than previously anticipated.

According to Sport Mediaset, a leaked Government document suggests we might not see fans in Italian stadiums until January 2021.

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Zanetti Admits Icardi Will Be Sold Or Loaned Out Again

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Inter Milan vice-president Javier Zanetti has admitted that he doesn’t think Mauro Icardi has a future at the club.

The 27-year-old was shipped out on loan to Paris Saint-Germain last summer following a huge falling out with the club.

That hasn’t deterred Icardi, though, who has hit the ground running at the Parc des Princes where he has scored 17 goals in 26 Ligue 1 appearances for the French champions.

Recent reports have suggested that PSG will likely now make that deal permanent should Icardi agree to leave Italy.

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Brescia President: “We Will Not Play Again This Season”

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Brescia President Massimo Cellino warns he will “simply not let my team play, even if it means docked points,” attacking Lazio chief Claudio Lotito for wanting the Serie A season to go on.

The 2020-21 campaign was halted a month ago due to the coronavirus pandemic and the country remains under lockdown, but those measures are expected to ease from May 4.

At that date, players should be able to resume training in small groups, with the idea of playing games from May 31.

“I reiterate that if they the games again, I will simply not let my team play,” Cellino told the Giornale di Brescia newspaper.

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Italian Health Experts: ‘No To Season Resuming’

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The Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) says it ‘wouldn’t be in favour’ of the season resuming.

The FIGC, Serie A and sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora are all in agreement over completing the 2019-20 campaign as soon as it is safe enough to do so.

It had been suggested that training could start again once the first phase of lockdown ends on May 3, with a view to possibly ending the season by August.

However, the ISS, the leading technical-scientific body of the Italian health service, believes 2019-20 should be written off.

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Italian Health Experts So No To Season Resuming

The Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) says it ‘wouldn’t be in favour’ of the season resuming.

The FIGC, Serie A and sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora are all in agreement over completing the 2019-20 campaign as soon as it is safe enough to do so.

It had been suggested that training could start again once the first phase of lockdown ends on May 3, with a view to possibly ending the season by August.

However, the ISS, the leading technical-scientific body of the Italian health service, believes 2019-20 should be written off.

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International Champions Cup Cancelled

This summer’s International Champions Cup was supposed to include an El Clasico match between La Liga rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona. But unfortunately, due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak in the United States, not aonluy this event, but all international soccer games in USA in 2020 have been cancelled.

Without the lucrative preseason tournament, Real Madrid and Barcelona are expected up lose around €15M in revenue. That is a huge hit for clubs that are all facing the financial implications of the Coronavirus which has halted football across Europe, forcing clubs to lay off non-playing staff and asking players to take hefty pay cuts. Barcelona players for example, took a 70% pay cut.

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Barcelona Continue To Tap Up Inter Milan Striker

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Nobody taps up a player via the media like Real Madrid and Barcelona. Whether it is a player publically commenting or a team friendly paper like Marca and Mundo Deportivo publishing stories, these two sides try to build momementum through the press where clubs fee pressured to sell them their best player.

Everyone from Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu to Lionel Messi have made it clear that they want Lautaro Martinez at the Camp Nou nxt season.

The latest voice to support the deal is Barcelona striker Luis Suarez who says he would have no qualms if Lautaro arrived from Inter.