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Alan 1:45 Sat Apr 4
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid are set to ignore any summer bids from Manchester City for French international centre-back Raphael Varane, 26. (Star)

Arsenal are monitoring young Real Madrid forward Cesar Gelabert, 19, with the view to a potential summer transfer for the Spaniard. (Mirror)

Italian giants Juventus are prepared to offer Brazilian winger Douglas Costa, 29, to Manchester City as a makeweight in a deal to sign his compatriot Gabriel Jesus, 23. (Calcio Mercato, in Italian)

If Liverpool secure the services of RB Leipzig's German forward Timo Werner, 24, manager Jurgen Klopp will allow 20-year-old forward Rhian Brewster to leave on loan for a second season. (Express)

Celtic face a battle to keep their 21-year-old Norwegian defender Kristoffer Ajer as AC Milan consider summer approach. (Calciomercarto)

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has launched an ambitious plan to convince Real Madrid midfield pair Gareth Bale, 30, and James Rodriguez, 28, to move to Goodison Park. (Mail)

Chelsea are in negotiations with Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, 27, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona, over a summer transfer. (Sun)

Meanwhile, Chelsea have been joined by Paris St-Germain in the race for Real Madrid and Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi, 21, who is on loan at Borussia Dortmund. (Sun)

Manchester United have been told there is no chance of them signing Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane because of the length of the 26-year-old’s contract, which runs until 2024. (Manchester Evening News)

Defender Matthijs de Ligt has emerged as a transfer target for Manchester United with the 20-year-old Dutch centre-back reportedly struggling to settle at Juventus. (Express)

Newcastle United have not yet given up their pursuit of 21-year-old highly-rated Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, despite Real Madrid also being interested in the Frenchman. (Sport, in Spanish)

But Liverpool are also keen to sign Soumare and have opened talks on a deal. (Teamtalk)


TV firms may give PL £750 million escape route

Sky Sports and BT Sport are being reported as being likely to give the Premier League a way out of a possible legal action against them because of the possibility of lost televised games this season..

With a number of games still to be shown there remains there have been serious fears that the bill could amount to as much as £750 million if the season is lost.

That would be split pro rata among those clubs whose games are still due to be shown but it seems that another blow to the club’s finances may well be avoided under the new plan which the Mail reports is being considered.

They say that Sky and BT will ask the League to allow them to show more games next season rather than hit them with a legal body blow.

The report explains at https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-8185415/Sky-BT-want-broadcast-games-season-price-not-demanding-compensation.html: ‘Under the £5billion, three-year deal Sky Sports get 128 live games each season and BT Sport 52, but both want to show more next season as they seek to regain customers who have paused their subscriptions during the lock down. ‘

And it adds: ‘Any change to the existing deal would have to be approved by Ofcom, who operate strict guidelines over market share, but given the extraordinary circumstances it is unlikely the media regulator would obstruct proposals aimed at giving more content to viewers.’

ClaretandHugh says: This sounds a more than reasonable way forward for the anxious PL bigwigs as they look to minimise losses caused by the current situation and it of course will give fans a better deal as more and more football eventually hits their screens. The news will be received with a hefty sigh of relief if indeed the Mail report is accurate but this is one of those stories which has a big ring of truth. Slowly some of the major problems face the game look to be in the process of perhaps being solved. As the weather is due to warm up this week so is the news on the game which has been nothing but bleak for weeks and that’s reason to feel a little better about life this morning.

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geoffpikey 10:09 Sat Apr 4
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Possibly, wanstead. But you'll pay MORE next season as they'll show more games?

It's a mess. I'll give you that. And I'm fast stopping caring. (I have a magic FREE button on my interwebs anyway as I am a massive leech.)

wansteadman 9:30 Sat Apr 4
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If sky are threatening to claw back money for games not being played I assume all the people who have paid for subscriptions for the sports channels will get their money back

Sven Roeder 7:28 Sat Apr 4
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No they won’t pay more in total but they will pay more in 2020/21 for extra games in that season which will make up for the money they will withhold because of the 2019/20 games not happening.
Sounds like a reasonable compromise so that by the end of 2020/21 the clubs will still have the same income as what they expected between now and then.

To be honest as long as we are playing Premier league in 2020/21 I’m not particularly bothered how that occurs.

geoffpikey 7:17 Sat Apr 4
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Thanks Alan.

Sven, broadcasters won't pay MORE, though? The fee/no. of games contract is for 3 years. Surely they'll just want the games they are still owed... But NEXT season when things return to "normal". In return, they don't sue or seek recompense for the stopping of 2019/2020.

Can't stand Sky et al for their ridiculous pricing model and hijacking of the game, but it seems a reasonable plan.

Premier League has itself to blame. Suck Satan's cock, and you'll have to swallow something you don't want eventually....

Sven Roeder 6:28 Sat Apr 4
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Thanks Alan

If the tv companies WILL pay more for more games next season (probably a permanent Fri night game , televised midweek games every Monday ,Tuesday & Wednesday) then it would make it easier for the Premier league to can 2019/20.
Subject to overcoming the blackmail from UEFA re Champions league places.

Thanks Alan 6:27 Sat Apr 4
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Mex Martillo 5:36 Sat Apr 4

Texas Iron 6:22 Sat Apr 4
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eusebiovic 6:13 Sat Apr 4
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Non-League is the future...mark my words

Mex Martillo 5:36 Sat Apr 4
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Thanks Alan

SDKFZ 222 5:12 Sat Apr 4
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How did football clubs survive when they were shut down for six years during the war?

This scrabbling for money, especially under the present circumstances when ordinary folk are struggling, is quite unedifying.

boleyn8420 2:23 Sat Apr 4
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Or they could just furlough all their staff like NSpurs and Newcastle and let the government, diverting more resources away from where it may be really needed, pick up the tab for 80% of their wages. Total cunts the lot of them

blueeyed.handsomeman 2:10 Sat Apr 4
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THankYou Alan

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