Forget Dubai, it’s to Dublin this summer! Premier League clubs go on staycations in the off season with money-guzzling trips abroad for a second year because of Covid
- Travel restrictions mean that Premier League clubs cannot go on summer vacations abroad
- Many managers are still eager to get away for valuable team building exercises
- Chelsea are on the verge of completing a trip to Dublin, but Man United remain at home
Premier League clubs are gearing up for a summer of staycations – with some exploring training ground swapping outfits north of the border.
Thanks to travel restrictions due to the Covid pandemic, traditional money-guzzling trips to far-flung corners of the world have been off limits for the second year in a row.
However, many managers are keen to plan outings because they believe these are valuable team building exercises.
Premier League clubs will have to stay much closer to home on their summer outings
Sportsmail understands that the race has now begun to secure the most desirable places closer to home. Two top racers head to St Andrews and Chelsea is about to complete a trip to Dublin.
Crystal Palace is also among those considering setting up camp in Scotland. With places able to host top teams at a premium, some are even considering an exchange with Scottish premier league clubs, effectively swapping training complexes.
Others, including Manchester United, stay at home and take to the road alone to play friendlies.
Sportsmail understands that Chelsea are about to finish their trip to Dublin this summer
A club official explained: “There is a race to get the best locations. The reality is that there aren’t many venues that perform well and they are expensive.
Many managers would like to get away, but there are others who think it will be more hassle than it is worth and that they will struggle to find similar facilities elsewhere, so they just stay at home. Five-star hotels in exotic countries will not be created. ‘
Clubs are expected to lose tens of millions thanks to another summer with no travel abroad and the opportunity to make money on the road. Some are already planning multi-country tours if they are allowed to.
Manchester United stays at home and only takes to the road to play in friendly matches