La Liga hoping for fans in stadiums to start next season, Spanish government insists

Spain’s top sports government official says fans may be back in football stadiums beginning next season.

Irene Lozano, president of the Spanish Sports Council, believes that conditions could be in place by the fall to allow fans back, with some restrictions.

“We haven’t ruled that out,” she said on Tuesday. “Depending on how the epidemic progresses and how the situation progresses, we can start looking into putting a certain number of fans into the stadiums next season.”

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La Liga is expected to resume — without fans — on the second weekend of June, nearly three months after it was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Right now, the main goal is to be able to finish this season,” she said. “And it is clear that the best option now is to do it with matches behind closed doors. But we have to take into consideration that as we return to a new normality, having fans back in the stadiums can be done, as long as we follow the health safety measures in place.”

Lozano said she expects only parts of stadiums to be filled at first, with social distancing guidelines and protective materials such as gloves and masks likely still required.

She said Spain wants to be seen as a model on how organise sports events after the pandemic.

“Internationally speaking, Spain has led the way in safely organising sports events,” Lozano said. “We want to be at the forefront and export a model for this new era of safe sports. This will not be something difficult to do. We will find this model, which now will need to take into account a lot of safety measures and guarantees, and which will obviously have to account for having fans in the stadiums.”

Lozano said the government is considering allowing the media to cover matches on site this season.

“I’m aware that the league is a relevant event that has to be covered by all the media,” she said. “We are looking into everyone that needs to be in the matches, almost to try to create a capsule and guarantee that the epidemic won’t spread, and we are seriously considering allowing journalists to be in the league matches. Technically, we think it’s possible to do that maintaining distancing guidelines.”

Lozano said all Spanish league clubs are expected to be allowed to resume full squad training sessions beginning next week even though not all parts of the country will be under the same confinement restrictions.

“That was solved from the start, when Madrid and Barcelona were stuck behind,” she said. “The first thing was to guarantee everyone’s health, then the priority was to guarantee the integrity of the competition.”

Lozano also said it was important that the Sevilla players who broke confinement rules in a gathering with a large group of people last week promptly apologised.

“They know they made a mistake,” she said. “We can’t allow for a careless attitude to put everyone’s health at risk. The players have to be aware that they are a model to everyone.”

The Spanish football federation says it will allow games to be played on Mondays and Fridays until the end of the season even though a judge denied the league’s official request to play on those days.

League president Javier Tebas has said he wanted matches to be played every day, but the federation had been against the idea.

The federation said it “wants to clearly show its good will” and is also willing to extend the exception into the beginning of next season depending on how the pandemic progresses and if games will continue to be played without fans.

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Luke Chadwick admits he felt sorry for Nick Hancock after apology

‘It made me feel a bit guilty’: Luke Chadwick admits he felt sorry for Nick Hancock after former ‘They Think It’s All Over’ presenter apologised to ex-Manchester United player for taunts

  • Luke Chadwick accepted apologies for taunts on They Think It’s All Over
  • Presenter of the show Nick Hancock and Gary Lineker apologised last week
  • The former Man Utd player says the jibes affected his fragile confidence
  • But Chadwick admits the apologies were ‘not something I was searching for’ 

Luke Chadwick admits he felt sorry for Nick Hancock after the former presenter apologised for his appearance taunts on gameshow They Think It’s All Over.

Last week, former Man Utd player Chadwick opened up about how the jibes at his expense, which focused on his looks, obliterated his already fragile confidence as a youngster. 

The presenter of the show Hancock publicly apologised to Chadwick, as did team captain Gary Lineker who appeared on the show, and while Chadwick did accept their apologies, he now admits it wasn’t something he was specifically searching for. 

Chadwick says he felt sorry for Nick Hancock after the former presenter’s apology last week

Nick Hancock said he was ‘appalled’ at himself for the taunts he made on the show

‘It made me feel a little bit guilty,’ Chadwick told The Guardian.  

‘It looked so uncomfortable. Obviously people had given him stick and even though whatever happened years ago happened it wasn’t an eye for an eye. 

‘The apology is completely accepted but it’s not something I was searching for.’ 

Chadwick revealed he hid away in his house but has accepted apologies since

Gary Lineker, who was also part of the show, apologised to Chadwick recently on Twitter

Speaking to BBC Breakfast last week, Hancock admitted his regret at the way he spoke about Chadwick: ‘Listening to Luke is incredibly humbling, he’s shown so much more generosity and understanding and good judgement than we did at the time.

‘I’m appalled for him and at myself. When I hear him speaking, I’m full of admiration for the present Luke Chadwick and full of sympathy for the young Luke Chadwick.

‘The terrible thing about comedians and comedy shows is that if you’re getting laughs, you think you’re doing a good job.

‘Of course the worst thing for Luke was that it became a bit of a running joke. To us it was a photograph. That’s not good obviously, we should have been thinking about the person, but that’s what can happen.’ 

They Think It’s All Over was a satirical sports-based panel show presented by Hancock (centre) and featuring team captains Lineker (right) and David Gower (left), plus comedians Jonathan Ross (top left) and Rory McGrath (top middle)

They Think It’s All Over, which ran from 1995-2006, was a late-night satirical sports panel show featuring famous names as guests, with Lineker the most high-profile of the team captains, along with David Gower. 

‘We’ve all got a journey to go on,’ Chadwick continues, talking about the subject of mental health in Mental Health Awareness week. 

‘I still want to learn about myself. I thought that yesterday: “Why am I feeling guilty for the guy on the telly?” I didn’t need to bring up They Think It’s All Over.’ 

Chadwick is now a 39-year-old community coach after breaking through at United in 2000

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Hall of Fame NBA coach Jerry Sloan dies at 78; he led Utah Jazz for 23 seasons

Jerry Sloan, the Hall of Fame basketball coach who spent a majority of his coaching career with the Utah Jazz and was a former NBA player with the Chicago Bulls, died on Friday. He was 78 years old.

Sloan announced in 2016 that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia, a terrible combination of neurological disorders.

Sloan said he decided to go public with the diagnosis because the symptoms were noticeable. He also told the "Salt Lake Tribune" he didn’t “want people feeling sorry for me.”

Sloan was one of the greatest coaches in NBA history and is No. 4 on the all-time winningest coaches list with 1,221 victories. Among coaches with at least 500 games coached, he is ninth with a .603 winning percentage.

“Jerry Sloan will always be synonymous with the Utah Jazz," the team said in a statement. "He will forever be a part of the Utah Jazz organization and we join his family, friends and fans in mourning his loss. We are so thankful for what he accomplished here in Utah and the decades of dedication, loyalty and tenacity he brought to our franchise."

Said the Miller family, which owns the Jazz: "“It was an honor and a privilege to have one of the greatest and most respected coaches in NBA history coaching our team. We have appreciated our relationship with Jerry and acknowledge his dedication to and passion for the Utah Jazz.

"He has left an enduring legacy with this franchise and our family. The far-reaching impact of his life has touched our city, state and the world as well as countless players, staff and fans. We pray his family will find solace and comfort in Jerry’s life. The Miller family and Jazz organization will be proud to honor him with a permanent tribute."

He spent 23 seasons with Utah, and Sloan and San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich are the only coaches in NBA history to win 1,000 games with one team. In his 26 seasons – three with the Bulls – he had just three losing seasons and just one losing season in his two-plus decades with Utah.

Late in the 2010-11 season, citing lack of energy, Sloan resigned even though Jazz ownership and the front office tried to persuade him to finish the season.

Sloan guided the Jazz to consecutive playoff appearances and 13 seasons with at least 50 victories, including 64 victories in 1996-97 and 62 victories in 1997-98. Coached by Sloan and led on the court by Karl Malone and John Stockton, the Jazz won the Western Conference title both of those seasons but lost to Chicago and Michael Jordan in the NBA Finals each time.

Jerry Sloan, basketball, 1942-2020 (Photo: Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY)

Sloan was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.

“Being inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame is an achievement unsurpassed in my career,” Sloan said at his induction ceremony. “From my beginning in McLeansboro (Illinois), the game of basketball has introduced me to opportunities and life experiences I never dreamed. I was a youngster – the youngest of 10 children – raised by my mother on a farm which was located 16 miles from the nearest town.

“My father passed away when I was 4 years old and older brothers and sisters had to help take care of our family. They could not play basketball because they had to work. Fortunately for me, my family was instrumental in my decision to play and their support was unwavering.”

Born in McLeansboro in 1942, Sloan attended the first six years of elementary school in a one-room school and sometimes had to walk or hitchhike to high school basketball practice.

Sloan became an all-state player in high school and played college basketball at Evansville. The Baltimore Bullets drafted Sloan in 1965 with the No. 4 overall pick and traded him to Chicago the following season. With the Bulls, Sloan was a shooting guard-small forward with a knack for defense. He averaged 14 points and 7.4 rebounds in his 11-year career, was a two-time All-Star and named all-first team defense four times.

After he retired in 1976, Sloan took the head coaching job at his alma mater but withdrew from the position five days later. That season, the Evansville basketball team and coaching staff died in a plane crash.

"It comes across my mind every morning I go to work," Sloan told a reporter in 1997.

Sloan joined the Bulls as a scout and became head coach in 1979. He spent three seasons and was fired after 51 games of the 1981-82 season. He became an assistant with the Jazz in 1985 and became head coach in 1988, taking over for Frank Layden.

Stockton was in his fifth season and Malone in his fourth. Under Sloan, Stockton and Malone turned the Jazz into an annual playoff team.

“He demanded a lot. He expected a lot. He held everybody accountable,” Malone told reporters in 2014. “I grew up the old-school way with my grandma and my mom. You hold that person accountable. You tell that person when they’re screwing up and you tell the person what he needs to do. That’s how Coach was with me. Right off the bat, I knew I was dealing with a real person.”

Sloan, who often ate his pre-game dinner in the media dining room alongside reporters, loved defense, but he had two offensive weapons in Stockton and Malone. They became a formidable 1-2 punch and perfected the pick-and-roll. Malone is the NBA’s second all-time leading scorer, and Stockton is No. 1 in all-time assists – with 3,715 more than Jason Kidd at No. 2.

“He was a genius,” Stockton told reporters. “You had to motivate guys without burying them. You had to credit them without egos running amok.”

Sloan was a no-nonsense coach who never strayed far from his Midwestern farmer’s values of hard work, dedication and loyalty. Away from the game, Sloan loved to wear John Deere hats and collected antique tractors, furniture, old cash registers and pottery.

“What you see is what you get,” Malone said. “That guy never changed in all these years with me. … He never demanded respect. He earned it by who he was as a person and the way he treated you as a player.”

When Sloan retired, then-NBA Commissioner David Stern released a statement.

"Few people have epitomized all the positives of team sports more than Jerry Sloan," the statement read. "A basketball lifer, Jerry was as relentless in his will to win on the sidelines for the Utah Jazz as he was as an All-Star guard for the Chicago Bulls. In over two decades as a coach, he taught his players that nothing was more important than the team. His most impressive qualities were his leadership and his extraordinary ability to encourage his players to subjugate their individual games for the benefit of the whole."

In 2017, at a reunion for the 1996-97 team, Sloan said, “I’ve been lucky to stick around as long as I have. This organization has been more than fair to me and my family.”

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Chiellini: Ramos takedown of Salah was a 'masterstroke'

Giorgio Chiellini hails Sergio Ramos’s takedown of Liverpool star Mohamed Salah in 2018 Champions League final a ‘masterstroke’ as Italian praises Real Madrid defender’s ‘devilish wit’

  • Ramos grabbed Salah by the arm as they tumbled to the floor in 2018 final
  • Liverpool forward injured his shoulder and had to withdraw from the action
  • Real Madrid went on to win the match 3-1 to claim 13th European Cup triumph
  • Juventus and Italy defender Chiellini believes the tackle was a ‘masterstroke’ 
  • Chiellini hails Ramos as ‘the best defender in the world’ with a ‘devilish wit’ 

Giorgio Chiellini has described Sergio Ramos’s takedown of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the 2018 Champions League final as a ‘masterstroke’.

Real Madrid defender Ramos grabbed the Egyptian by the arm and pulled him to the ground, causing Salah to leave the field in tears with a shoulder injury that required surgery.

The first-half withdrawal of their dangerman in the Kiev final cost Liverpool, who went on to lose 3-1 as Real claimed their 13th European Cup crown.

Sergio Ramos grabbed Mohamed Salah by the arm and dragged him to the floor during the 2018 Champions League final, causing the Liverpool man to go off injured

Salah was in agony after injuring his shoulder and left the field in tears not long afterwards

Juventus and Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini described the challenge as a ‘masterstroke’ in his new book as he hailed Ramos as ‘the best defender in the world’

But Juventus and Italy defender Chiellini, who believes Ramos is ‘the best defender in the world’, has described the foul on Salah as just an example of the Spaniard’s ‘devilish wit.’

Chiellini writes in his new autobiography, as reported by AS: ‘They say he’s impulsive, not tactical at all, that 8-10 goals are conceded each season through his mistakes, that he’s very technical and that he could be a striker, which is the opposite of me.

‘However, he has two characteristics that almost no-one else has. He knows how to be decisive in big games, with interventions that go beyond any logic, that even cause injuries with almost devilish wit.

‘The one on Salah in the 2018 Champions League final was a masterstroke. He’s always said that he didn’t do it on purpose, knowing that nine times out of 10, falling like he did and by not letting ho, he risked breaking his opponent’s arm.’

Ramos wasn’t punished for the foul on Salah at the time despite throwing most of his weight on the Liverpool man’s shoulder. 

Ramos stands over Salah after dragging him to the ground and inflicting the shoulder injury

The Real Madrid defender went unpunished for the challenge as his team won the game 3-1

In the same match, Ramos also collided with the Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, causing him to suffer concussion that resulted in two mistakes leading to Real goals.

Speaking about the Salah challenge in the aftermath of the final, Ramos said: ‘Bloody hell, they have given this Salah thing a lot of attention. I didn’t want to speak because everything is magnified.

‘I see the play well, he grabs my arm first and I fell to the other side, the injury happened to the other arm and they said that I gave him a judo hold. After that, the goalkeeper said I dazed him with a clash.

‘I spoke with Salah through messages, he was quite good. He could have played if he got an injection for the second half. I have done it sometimes but when Ramos does something like this, it stick out a little bit more.’

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Ferrari identify two potential replacements for Sebastian Vettel as contract decision made

Ferrari are set to confirm Sebastian Vettel will be departing the team at the end of the year. The four-time Formula 1 world champion is in the final year of his three-season contract but has failed to agree an extension. He has spent six seasons with the Scuderia.


  • Sebastian Vettel salary slash stance explained as Ferrari have plan

Ferrari were eager for Vettel to stick around going into 2021 but were privately keen for him to accept a reduction in pay, with reports previously suggesting the team wanted his £35million salary cut down by around two thirds.

The coronavirus crisis is set to have a major financial impact on budgets while Vettel’s failure to win a title since joining from Red Bull was also being taken into account.

Ferrari are set to confirm on Tuesday that Vettel will be leaving after contract talks broke down which lead to a mutual agreement to break up when the deal runs out.

The talk will now turn to his replacement but a couple of targets have already emerged.

According to Autosport, Ferrari have yet to firm up their plans but McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniel Ricciardo of Renault are the leading names in the frame.

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A move for Lewis Hamilton is unlikely due to the six-time world champion seeking to remain with Mercedes. Antonio Giovinazzi, who drives for Alfa Romeo, is a potential wildcard option.

Vettel will likely have to join a team further down the field if he plans to remain in F1. Mercedes are not interested while Red Bull are unlikely to bring him back to partner Max Verstappen.

Vettel arrived at Ferrari in 2015 looking to become the team’s first title-winning driver since Kimi Raikkonen in 2007.

It looked to be a match made in heaven because of his credentials, winning successive world championships between 2010 and 2013, but race wins were few and far between in his first two campaigns.

He ran Hamilton and Mercedes close in 2017 and 2018, finishing second in the standings, but was beaten by new team-mate Charles Leclerc in every metric in the 2019 season.

The 2020 campaign has yet to get underway due to the coronavirus pandemic – and Vettel previously predicted his future would be sorted before racing began.

“There is a high chance we will have to make a decision before there will be the first race because at the moment it looks like there will be no race before June or even July,” he said last month.

“The main priority at first was to ensure that we’re all dealing with the situation in the right way.

“Therefore, everything was put on hold and I can imagine that’s the same everywhere else and it was the same for us.

“It’s not like a couple of days after Australia we said: ‘right now [we’ll talk]. We will make progress’.

“Whatever the deal will be like, it will be whatever I and the team will be comfortable with.

“So in terms of duration I don’t know. Normally the contracts I’ve had in the past were all three-year deals.

“I know I’m one of the more experienced drivers in Formula 1 but I’m not the oldest and I don’t think there’s an age limit in this regard.”

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Murray shares footage of him sending tennis ball into neighbour's yard

Oh s***’: Andy Murray shares footage of his practice session in his back garden as he jokes it didn’t end well after sending the ball into his neighbour’s yard

  • Andy Murray’s first practice session in seven weeks ended with a rusty mis-hit
  • Murray was using a giant rebound board to work on his game during lockdown
  • After displaying several crisp shots he sliced one wide into neighbour’s garden 

Andy Murray has shared footage of a lockdown practice session gone wrong after he sliced a shot into his neighbour’s garden.

Murray took to Instagram on Sunday to upload a video of him hitting a ball against a giant rebound board during a light workout. 

The 32-year-old, who has won Wimbledon twice, can be seen striking several crisp forehand and backhand shots against the board before getting one badly wrong. 

Andy Murray has uploaded footage of him undergoing a lockdown tennis practice session

Murray was hitting backhand and forehand shots against a rebound board to hone his skills

Murray showed some lockdown rustiness after slicing a shot into his neighbour’s garden 

Murray slices the ball and misses his giant target completely, before exclaiming ‘oh s***’ after watching the ball career into his neighbour’s property.  

The former US Open champion revealed it’s the first time he’s picked up a tennis racquet in seven weeks in the caption accompanying the post. 

The caption read: ‘Hit some forehands and backhands for the first time in 7 weeks today… it didn’t end well…’

Murray’s career is on hold after a host of major tennis tournaments were postponed in the light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Murray has been working on his fitness as he recovers from a pelvic injury sustained in Nov

Murray suffered the injury after battling back from a career-threatening hip injury in 2019

The 32-year-old staged a remarkable recovery last year after fearing he would have to retire

Wimbledon, which was scheduled for July, and September’s French Open have been cancelled, while the ATP and WTA Tours are suspended until at least July 13.

The rest may well be of benefit to Murray, who has battled a pelvic injury in recent months after making a remarkable recovery from a serious hip problem in 2019.

In December, Murray pulled out of January’s Australian Open after failing to recover from the injury which he sustained during an event in November.  

Eighteen months ago Murray thought his career was over after revealing he was in excruciating pain on a daily basis as a result of a serious hip injury.

But cutting-edge surgery on the problem has enabled him to resume his career at the top level and battle back up the world rankings.

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How the Covid-19 crisis will shatter the transfer market

How coronavirus will destroy the transfer market: KPMG reveals player values could be slashed by almost £9BILLION with Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona among worst the hit squads

  • Player values across Europe could be slashed by £8.7bn due to coronavirus
  • The value of players in Europe’s top leagues could drop by over a quarter
  • Value of Premier League leaders Liverpool could drop by £209million
  • Barcelona and Real Madrid could decrease by £286m and £258m respectively 
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Player values could be slashed by £8.7billion if the current season cannot be completed due to the coronavirus pandemic, a new report claims.

The worrying projection comes with leagues across Europe grappling with how to restart their campaigns, with France’s Ligue 1 having already been forced to cancel.

If Europe’s other top leagues fall by the wayside it would see the value of its players drop by over a quarter.

Liverpool stand to be one of the worst affected clubs in Europe by the coronavirus crisis

It would lead to a dramatic 26.5 per cent drop in the aggregate values of all the 4,183 players of its top 10 leading leagues – just since February.

Should the leagues recommence, the drop off in value will be less severe but still significant, the report by KPMG claims.

According to their estimate, in the case of a cancellation of the football season the estimated revenue losses in the big five leagues could exceed £3.5m.

However, completing the season this summer behind closed doors would lead to aggregate revenue losses of around one-third to one-fifth of the total loss estimated for a full cancellation, as seen in France. 

The player values would decrease by almost £6billion if, as is looking likely in England, Germany, Italy and Spain, play is resumed in the coming months.

That would still represent a sizable decrease in value at 17.7 per cent. 

If the seasons cannot pick up where they left then the big five leagues in Europe will bear the brunt of the loss in value at an enormous £7.4billion. 

The value of Real Madrid’s players could drop by £258m from £1bn to £742m

Barcelona, currently leading the table in Spain, would drop from a value of £991m to £705m

Premier League leaders Liverpool and Clasico rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid stand to be the clubs most affected by the crisis. 

Jurgen Klopp’s European Champions would drop in value by £209m from £1bn just three months ago to £791m if the season is cancelled.

Real Madrid, who have won three of the last five Champions League titles, would decrease by £258m from £1bn to £742m.

Barca, currently leading the table in Spain, would drop from a value of £991m to £705m, losing a staggering £286m in their squad’s value.

Manchester City are projected to retain the most valuable squad in Europe, dropping by 22 per cent if the season is cancelled to £840m.

PSG and Chelsea also look set to be hard hit. The Parisian giants could see their squad drop in value by 25.4 per cent to £608m, while the Europa League holders could decrease even further from £823m to £600m – a drop of 27 per cent.

Barcelona’s dramatic drop in value of 28.9 per cent is due in part to their relatively ageing squad and Lionel Messi’s contract situation.

The Ballon d’Or holder’s contract only runs until June 2021 and his individual value is set to drop by 27.5 per cent. 

Damien Comolli thinks Europe’s biggest clubs will be able to ‘sweep the market’ this summer

Former Liverpool and Tottenham transfer chief Damien Comolli told Sky Sports News on Wednesday that Europe’s big clubs could use the crisis to ‘sweep the transfer market.

He said: ‘I’ve had discussions with some clubs around Europe and even the medium-sized clubs are thinking about it. 

‘Clubs have a good chance to sign good young players. Maybe some up to £100m but getting 5,6,7 players who could be the core of their team for years to come. 

‘Clubs who are prepared for this from a scouting point of view, a planning point of view will be in a good position to do this. I spoke to an agent in Belgium last week and he said his clients who were worth £30m in January are now worth £10m. 

‘You could sweep the market by getting some good young players at an incredibly decent price. In the first week of the lockdown I was trying to find out what was happening in South America. The market hadn’t changed there yet because the virus hadn’t arrived. 

‘I got a call last week and what I said is happening. Clubs are panicking and you can buy the best talents at a very discounted price. France, clubs are in big trouble. Monaco have got 71 players on contracts; they have some outstanding young centre backs. Belgium, as well. Standard Liege are reportedly about to go bankrupt. Those are the markets I would look at.’

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Coronavirus: Serie A teams set to return to training ahead of possible season restart

Serie A clubs are in limbo with several regions of Italy allowing players to begin practicing on an individual basis at training centres on Monday while the government has set a May 18 return to the practice field for teams.

Sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora is seeking clarification from the government’s techno-scientific coronavirus commission.

Emilia-Romagna, Campania, Lazio and Sardinia have each given the go-ahead for teams in their regions to begin individual training.

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Those regions contain eight Serie A clubs: Bologna, Sassuolo, Spal, Parma, Napoli, Lazio, Roma and Cagliari.

Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.

The government announced a week ago that individual athletes can resume training on Monday May 4, while teams can restart May 18.

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Man City 'in talks over signing Semedo.. with Cancelo moving to Barca'

Manchester City ‘in advanced talks with Barcelona over signing Nelson Semedo… with Joao Cancelo moving in the other direction’

  • Pep Guardiola is reportedly keen on signing Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo
  • The City manager is willing to part with Joao Cancelo to make the deal happen
  • Cancelo signed from Juventus for £60m last year but has failed to make his mark
  • Barca have set a £39m asking price for Semedo but could be interested in a swap

Barcelona and Manchester City are reportedly in advanced talks over a swap plus cash deal involving Nelson Semedo and Joao Cancelo. 

Pep Guardiola is keen to bring Semedo to the Etihad and is willing to part with money and offer his former club Cancelo in order to reach a deal. 

Cancelo only moved to City from Juventus for £60m last summer but has not cemented a spot in the first-team, and as such City are willing to let him leave to facilitate Semedo’s arrival, with an agreement likely to be reached in the coming weeks, according to Spanish outlet SPORT. 

Manchester City are keen on signing Barcelona right back Nelson Semedo this summer 

City are reportedly willing to offer Joao Cancelo as a like-for-like replacement in a swap deal

Nelson Semedo

  • Appearances: 29
  • Goals: 0
  • Assists: 5
  • Yellows/Reds: 4/0

Joao Cancelo

  • Appearances: 24
  • Goals: 1
  • Assists: 1
  • Yellows/Reds: 3/0 

Statistics in all competitions in 2019-20 

The report details that Barca have given Semedo’s representative, super-agent Jorge Mendes, permission to negotiate his exit, with the club setting an asking price of £39m (€45m). 

Talks over a new contract for Semedo have stalled recently, and with the Portuguese’s current deal expiring in 2022, Barca are keen to cash in on him before his value falls – but could be swayed with a satisfactory player-plus-cash exchange. 

Semedo reportedly was keen to leave last summer in search of regular first-team football, but opted to stay. 

He has made 29 appearances in all competitions this season as Barca lead Real Madrid by two points at the top of La Liga, before the coronavirus crisis halted football across Europe in the middle of March.

Man City manager Pep Guardiola is keen to sign Semedo from his former club Barcelona

For City, a deal which involves Cancelo moving in the other direction works perfectly, with Semedo a like-for-like replacement at right back. 

The former Juve man has made just 11 Premier League appearances this season and has been unable to usurp Kyle Walker in defence.

Thus the two Portuguese right backs, who were born just six months apart, could swap clubs this summer should the two European heavyweights come to an agreement. 

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