There are reports that talks between UEFA and United Kingdom government to move Champions League final to Wembley have not make any headway.
But supporters of both clubs were facing up to the increasing likelihood of having to travel to Portugal rather than Wembley for the May 29 showpiece.
A day of intense negotiations between the Government and Uefa over switching the game to Wembley failed to break an impasse.
Accordeing to The Sun, Uefa wants guarantees that media, broadcasters, VIPs and sponsors would be free from any restrictions in the country – with the Government wanting them confined to hotel quarters for the rest of their stay and not allowed out to sight-see.
That is a serious sticking point for Euro chiefs, who are pressing for restrictions to be lifted.
Although the Government is willing to make significant compromises in order to let the game go ahead, there are concerns that simply waving 2,000 potential Covid spreaders into the country is not feasible or acceptable.
And that could lead to Uefa and the Government reluctantly conceding Wembley is not a viable option, with the match instead being shifted – as it was last season – to Lisbon’s Estadio da Luz.