Premier League rivals including Man City, United, Liverpool and Chelsea unite to fly home NINE Brazil and Uruguay stars as they charter a private jet to give players the best possible chance to attend this weekend
- A large number of South American Premier League players are on international duty
- Top flyers join clubs to charter a private jet for their stars
- Plane costs six figures and gets players back in time to play this weekend
- Edinson Cavani, Ederson, Alisson, Fabinho and Raphinha are all involved in plans
Premier League clubs have chartered a private jet to ensure their South American players are back this weekend.
Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United are said to be involved in clubbing for a six-figure plane to carry international players.
Nine top representatives from Brazil and Uruguay will leave immediately after their World Cup qualifier in Manaus, which starts on Friday at 1.30am British time.
Fabinho (center) is one of the South American players to be rushed back to England
Edinson Cavani (right) of Manchester United currently on international duty with Uruguay
Leeds United’s Raphinha is also expected to fly back, along with United’s Edinson Cavani and Fred, City’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus and Liverpool pair Alisson and Fabinho.
Chelsea’s Thiago Silva and Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz are also traveling home and the possibility of arranging two flights, splitting the group according to where their clubs will play on Saturday, has been discussed.
The Spurs are also planning to fly their quartet – Argentina’s Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero, Colomba’s Davinson Sanchez and Brazil’s Emerson Royal – also by private jet ahead of Sunday’s trip to newly acquired Newcastle.
All flights will be kept socially distancing, with passengers all wearing masks.
Clubs face big decisions about whether any of their South American outfield cohorts are deemed fit enough to compete in the next round of Premier League matches. The two goalkeepers, Ederson and Alisson, are more likely to be present.
Gabriel Jesus hopes to play for Manchester City 37 and a half hours after Brazil’s match
Giovani Lo Celso (right) and his Spurs teammates will be back to England on a separate jet
Liverpool have the tightest turnaround, with just a 35-hour gap between the start of Brazil’s qualifier and their Saturday afternoon game at Watford.
City, United, Leeds and Aston Villa have an extra two and a half hours, while Chelsea have 40 hours before Brentford hosts Saturday night.
Meanwhile, four of the affected clubs have been given a boost by confirmation that their South American stars will no longer have to go into quarantine when they return to England following changes to the British red list.
Aston Villa’s Emi Martinez, Spurs’s Lo Celso and Romero, United’s Cavani and Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron will not have to endure the 10 days in isolation.
Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay are among the countries removed from the red list, which has now been reduced to seven countries.
Colombia and Everton star Yerry Mina (right) will be quarantined on his return to the UK
Following a waiver agreed before the international break, players visiting red-listed countries were required to spend 10 days in tailor-made quarantine once they returned to England, provided they had been fully vaccinated.
As part of the agreement, they are only allowed outside to train and play. But those who have benefited from the red list changes now have no such restrictions on their freedom of movement and can stay at home.
Colombia remains on the list, meaning Spurs’ Sanchez and Everton’s Yerry Mina will still have to be quarantined, as will Brighton’s Ecuadorian youngster Jeremy Sarmiento.
After playing their first qualifier in Colombia, the nine Brazilian Premier League players who return this weekend will also have to be quarantined, despite their country also coming off the list.