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CHELSEA'S players have agreed to take a £10million pay cut as the club begin to cut costs due to the pandemic.
But that doesn't appear to have impacted the Blues' transfer plans with moves for Ben Chilwell and Philippe Coutinho reportedly edging closer. However, Frank Lampard is struggling to find any suitors for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Follow all the latest updates from West London below…
IN THE RED
Gary Neville has called for the Premier League to give English football a £500million bailout to save the game from a coronavirus crunch carnage.
Gary Hoffman is expected to be named as the top-flight’s new chairman later today.
And Neville wants the Prem to take out a loan to ensure the security of the whole game in this country in the midst of the current Covid-19 crisis.
Former England and Manchester United star Neville – now co-owner of League Two Salford – said: “I said four weeks ago the Premier League had an opportunity to do the right thing by propping the game up.
“I mentioned they should borrow £1million – it was a number I said flippantly – against future income sources.
“The future revenues of the Premier League are tens of billions of pounds – even more if they want to extend their TV contract.”
Callum Hudson-Odoi would “love it” if Jadon Sancho snubbed Manchester United and came to Chelsea instead.
Earlier this week, SunSport exclusively revealed United have agreed “almost every detail” of the deal to sign Sancho in the summer.
Chelsea also want the England ace, 20, but he is keen on joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, three years after leaving Manchester City.
He added: “I don’t know [if he'll come]. Of course I would love it if he came to Chelsea.
“We’ve had a great partnership throughout, the way we play with each other is amazing.
“If he came the link up will still be there.”
REDS FRUSTRATED US
John Terry has revealed how Liverpool got under Chelsea's skin by knocking them out of the Champions League while they were at their most successful.
Speaking of the tie in 2005, that the Reds won, Terry told Jamie Carragher: “I remember the team talk that Mourinho gave after we won the league and I think we were 20 or 30 points ahead in the league.
“He couldn't even say the name 'Liverpool', like pronounce the team.
“He said: 'You are not losing to these lot today, you are so much better than these.'
“Them home games for us, going into the stadium, the atmosphere was the best I've ever experienced as a player.
“'Frustration' was probably the word, but we couldn't break you down at the time and obviously got knocked out on a couple of occasions.”
SOLD 'EM A DUMMY
Liverpool knew they had “kidded” Chelsea when they flogged them Fernando Torres for £50million, revealed Jamie Carragher.
The Anfield legend, 42, claimed the striker was a “shadow of his former self” when he moved to Stamford Bridge in 2011.
Torres established himself as one of the best strikers in the world after he joined Liverpool from Atletico Madrid in 2007.
The Spaniard scored 56 goals in his first 79 Premier League games, but struggled for form in his final season with the Reds.
Speaking on a call with Blues legend John Terry, he said: “I couldn't believe it.
“I knew we had kidded Chelsea. Those last 12 months, he was a shadow of his former self.
“For 18 months at Liverpool, he was the best striker in the world and I think he had such a good record against Chelsea that obviously stuck in the owner's mind.”
LEAGUE OF OUR OWN
Premier League chiefs will defy Uefa calls to bring in a play-off system to determine Euro slots, reports MARTIN LIPTON.
Uefa’s executive committee yesterday urged all national leagues to consider play-offs if there is no way of completing the full calendar by the first weekend in August.
Europe’s governing body wants all leagues, especially the “Big Five” of the Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1, to be completed if possible.
If not, Uefa said: “It would be preferable that suspended domestic competitions would restart with a different format in a manner which would still facilitate clubs to qualify on sporting merit.”
That means pressure to introduce a play-off system if the coronavirus restrictions stop the season being played to a finish.
But Prem bosses, who are desperate to complete the season, believe it would be unfeasible to deliver a fair play-off format.
If the campaign cannot restart, Uefa recommends taking the current table and calculating final positions using a points-per-game method.
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