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

PSG Set For ‘Colossal’ Financial Losses Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

The richest football club in the world, Paris Saint-Germain, are expecting to to suffer massive financial losses because of the coronavirus crisis according to their chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

Al-Khelaifi is involved in negotiations to break the stalemate between France’s professional clubs and TV rights holders Canal+ and beIN Sports after the pair refused to pay the latest installment in their agreement because no fixtures are taking place.

Consequently, teams in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 are under very serious financial threat with state-aided partial unemployment and a freeze on employers’ charges related to players’ salaries all that is keeping some afloat.

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.”

Premier League, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Serie A

Inter Milan Line Up Olivier Giroud

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It looks like Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is going to get his wish and finally complete a move to Inter Milan in the summer as a free agent.

Giroud tried to push through a move to Inter in January after a frustrating first half of the season with Frank Lampard’s side, but Chelsea blocked the move due to a lack of alternative options up front at Stamford Bridge.

Giroud is desperate to play regular first team football next season as he wants to be part of the French side at the Euro’s next summer.

Inter Milan, Serie A

Suning Invest More Money Into Inter

Suning Inter MIlan Owners

Interesting news from FCInter1908.it that Suning Real Estate have become an official partner of Inter.

“Suning Real Estate has officially become an authorised partner of Inter Football Club,” the statement said. “The two companies will work together to create a beautiful community that integrates the experience of Italian style and sports culture.

“Adhering to the goal of continually pursuing product enhancement and superior service, Suning Real Estate will use Inter’s unique cultural characteristics and Inter Design’s creative concept to develop the operating mode of innovative scenes and integrate the Italian aesthetics with culture.”

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd., Premier League

Premier League Owner Does Not Think Clubs Should Be Relegated If Season Isn’t Completed

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Brighton owner Tony Bloom says he cannot see how clubs can be relegated from the Premier League if the season is not completed.

On Friday, the Premier League met to go through several scenarios to finish the campaign, but uncertainty still hangs over a season that has nine rounds to go.

“It would be very difficult to relegate somebody, particularly from the Premier League, if the season hasn’t played out,” said Bloom.

In the ‘scheduling model’ possibilities looked at on Friday, the earliest would start on 8 June. While it was not discussed as expected at that meeting, there are clubs who think 30 June should be the cut-off date for the season to end for contractual reasons.

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

Barcelona, Champions League, Chelsea, Juventus, La Liga, Liverpool, Man City, Real Madrid, Tickets

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.