Premier League rivals including Man City, United, Liverpool and Chelsea unite to take nine South American stars home from the international break as they charter a private jet to ensure players play this weekend. come back in time for
- Several South American Premier League players are on international duty
- The top-flight parties are teaming up to rent a private jet for their stars
- The plane will cost six figures and will get players back in time this weekend
- Edison Cavani, Ederson, Alison, Fabinho and Rafinha are all included in the plan
Premier League sides have chartered a private jet to ensure their South American players return for the weekend.
nine top-flight reps from Brazil And Uruguay will take off shortly after their World Cup qualifier in Manaus, which is scheduled to start at 1:30 UK time on Friday.
Fabinho (centre) is one of the South American players being taken back to England
Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani (right) is currently on international duty with Uruguay
Leeds United’s Rafinha is also expected to return along with United’s Edison 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 has been discussed, splitting the group based on where their club will play on Saturday.
Spurs also intend to fly their quartet – Argentina’s Giovanni Lo Celso and Cristian Romero, Columba’s Davinson Sanchez and Brazilian Emerson Royal – by private jet ahead of their new trip to Newcastle on Sunday.
Social distancing will be carried out on any flight with all passengers wearing masks.
Clubs face major decisions as to whether their outfield South American squad is deemed fit enough to participate in the next round of Premier League fixtures. Two goalkeepers, Ederson and Alisson, are more likely to feature.
Gabriel Jesus will be hoping to play for Manchester City 37 and a half hours after Brazil’s game
Giovanni Lo Celso (right) and his Spurs teammates will be on a different jet back to England
Liverpool have the tightest turnaround, with only 35 hours between the start of Brazil’s qualifiers and their Saturday lunchtime game at Watford.
City, United, Leeds and Aston Villa have an additional two-and-a-half hours, while Chelsea’s timescale is 40 hours before hosting Brentford on Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, four of the affected clubs have confirmed that their South American stars will no longer have to undergo quarantine upon their return to England following changes to the UK red list.
Aston Villa’s Amy Martinez, Spurs’ Lou Celso and Romero, United’s Cavani and Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron will not have to stay in isolation for 10 days.
Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay are among the countries that have been removed from the red list which is now seven.
Colombia and Everton star Yeri Mina (right) will have to quarantine upon return to the UK
Following a waiver before the international break, players visiting Red List countries were already required to spend 10 days in quarantine after their return to England, provided they had been fully vaccinated.
Under the agreement, they will be allowed to go out only for training and playing. But those who have benefited from the red-list changes will no longer have such restrictions on their movement and will be free to stay at home.
Colombia remains on the list, meaning Spurs’ Sanchez and Everton’s Yeri Mina will still need to be quarantined, as will Ecuadorian youngster Jeremy Sarmiento of Brighton.
Nine Brazilian Premier League players, who returned this weekend after playing their first qualifier in Colombia, will also have to quarantine despite their country being left out of the list.