Covid-19 scare hits Italy two days before Euro 2020 final against England, three HQ staff infected

Italy have suffered a coronavirus scare with three media staff testing positive at the team’s HQ just two days before their Euro 2020 final against England.

Officials immediately strengthened the bubble around the team and carried out a series of tests to make sure none of the players or immediate staff were also affected.

Their training camp at Coverciano, on the outskirts of Florence, was immediately shut and a specialist cleaning team was brought in to sanitize the facility, report The Sun.

A source at the Italian FA said: “It’s not the ideal preparation for the team and we are making sure that none of them are infected but we are taking no chances and tests are being carried out.

“The chance of infection with any of the team is small but we want to be sure.

“It means that training sessions with the media in attendance have all been cancelled and we are having to make other arrangements.”

The three people who tested positive were part of the team with state TV firm RAI – one journalist and two technicians – and are thought to have picked up the bug in London.

Two tested positive in London after having covered the semi-final against Spain earlier this week.

The third was diagnosed on their return to the Coverciano training camp.

Sources said that coach Roberto Mancini and the entire squad had all received their vaccinations.

Chelsea, Manchester City on red alert as La Liga President opens up on Lionel Messi future

Chelsea and Manchester City are among several clubs on high alert following a breakthrough regarding Lionel Messi’s future.

The two English clubs are reportedly already are on high alert having made initial contact with the 34-year-old, report the Sun.

However, now having heard what Javier Tebas, the President of La Liga, has said regarding Messi’s future, the leading clubs across Europe will be undoubtedly getting their calculators out, devising whether an offer is financially tangible or not.

Speaking to Spanish TV programme, Jugones of la Sexta (via Mundo Deportivo), Tebas claimed that he is unsure as to whether the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will be able to start the forthcoming season at Camp Nou due to the financial fair play restrictions.

Tebas said: “I do not know if Messi will start the League with Barcelona. If there are no exits, it is impossible.”

The Spanish Football Association President continued as he explained the details behind why Messi may find himself entertaining offers from clubs like Chelsea and City.

“One thing is to exceed the salary limit and another that they can incorporate or renew players with the 1×4 rule,” said Tebas. “Every four euros they save, one euro can be incorporated.”

The Argentinian’s three-year bumper contract at Barcelona expired on 30th June following the Catalan side’s financial restraints whereby they are required to reduce their wage bill by €200,000, reports Zach Lowy on Twitter (@ZachLowy).

Blues flop says he didn’t regret Chelsea move

Ex-Chelsea defender Baba Rahman has admitted in an interview with 3Sports that he did not mourn his underwhelming move to Chelsea.

Rahman arrived at Stamford Bridge from Augsburg in 2015 for an eye-catching £23m.

“No, never. I don’t think I would want to say I ever regretted it going to Chelsea,” he said.

“One, because not every player gets the chance to play for one of the best reams in the world.

Jose Mourinho set to hijack Tottenham move for Bayern Munich legend

Tottenham have been dealt a huge transfer blow following reports that Jerome Boateng may be joining Roma instead.

Italian outlet Corriere della Serra claims that the defender’s agent has contacted the Serie A giants about a potential move to the club.

The report adds that Boateng’s camp are looking to take advantage of Roma’s sudden need for defensive reinforcements.

Jose Mourinho’s side will be without Leonardo Spinazzola for the rest of the year after the Italian’s horror injury at the Euros.

The defender ruptured his Achilles tendon in his country’s quarter-final win over Belgium and has since undergone surgery.

Monaco were also said to have been offered the 33-year-old’s services after SunSport revealed the Ligue 1 side’s interest back in May.

Olivier Giroud to fly to Italy for AC Milan medical on Monday

Reports in Italy claim Olivier Giroud is expected to undergo his Milan medical and sign the two-year contract on Monday after Chelsea accepted €1m plus bonuses.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the France international will fly in for his tests at the start of next week and put pen to paper.

He had agreed personal terms months ago for €3.5m per season, with an expiry date of June 2023.

The only issue was finding an agreement with Chelsea, who activated option to extend his contract, whereas the Rossoneri were convinced they’d be able to sign him as a free agent.

Multiple sources in Italy today claim the deal has been struck, with Chelsea accepting €1m plus another €1m in rather difficult to complete performance-related bonuses.

Giroud will play in Serie A and the Champions League for Milan, who had already attempted to sign him last season.

The centre-forward turns 35 at the end of September.

Chelsea star refuses to report for pre-season to force move away from Stamford Bridge

Kenedy has reportedly failed to report for pre-season training with Chelsea in an attempt to force a move away from the club.

Brazilian outlet Extra, state that the 25-year-old is still in Brazil, despite Thomas Tuchel recalling his squad back to London to begin their preparations for next season

Kenedy spent last season in Spain on loan at Granada, where he made 44 appearances and scored eight goals.

Having signed for Chelsea in 2015, the winger now seems determined to leave the club in favour of a move back to Brazil, with Flamenco said to be interested.

Manchester City pay tribute to their legend Sergio Aguero with 2021-22 home shirt

Manchester City will pay tribute to Sergio Aguero’s legendary goalscoring feats with their 2021-22 home shirt.

The Argentine called time on his decade at the Etihad at the end of the season, after becoming the club’s all-time record score with 260 goals.

And, according to The Sun, City will show that the striker will never be forgotten with a kit design harking back to their 2012 Premier League title triumph.

Pep Guardiola’s men will don their sky blue shirts and matching shorts next season, according to a leak from Footy Headlines.

The combination has not proved overly popular with fans online but is the same colour scheme that the team wore when claiming their first league crown in 44 years almost a decade ago.

Aguero heroically secured the title with a 94th-minute strike against Queens Park Rangers on the final day.

And the exact time of his goal, 93:20, features on the inside of the collar.

The ’10’ on the digital clock design is also shaded in tribute to Aguero’s shirt number.

The pattern is seen across the shirt, which features a digital clock-esque texture and white trim under the arm.

The Puma kit is expected to be officially announced on July 16.

City fans responding to the leak were unsure about the blue-and-blue combo but enjoyed the history behind the concept nonetheless.

Arsenal express strong interest in Chelsea target, submit another offer

There are reports in England Arsenal have submitted a third offer to sign Brighton centre-back Ben White worth £54 million.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have also registered their interest in signing White but have yet to submit an offer.

The Gunners have already seen their opening two offers for the 23-year-old rejected by Brighton, including one worth £42m up front plus a further £4m in add-ons.

Everton have also entered the race to sign White and have indicated that they are willing to better Arsenal’s bid by offering a guaranteed £50m as well as an additional £5m in bonus payments.

According to the Transfer Window Podcast, as cited by by the Metro, Arsenal have now revised their offer and their third bid consists of a guaranteed payment upfront of £48m, plus another £6m in performance-related add-ons which the Gunners consider ‘achievable’.

Brighton, who are demanding a minimum of £50m for White, are yet to respond to Arsenal’s improved bid, which was submitted this week.

The report also claims that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is personally driving the club’s push to sign White as he views the England international as a ‘future captain’ for the Gunners.