Liverpool and both Manchester clubs are among those coming together to hire a private jet so they can fly their South American stars back to the UK ahead of this weekend’s round of Premier League games
Several Premier League teams are joining forces to hire a private jet to ensure their South American stars are back for the weekend.
Nine players will cross the Atlantic and head back to the UK immediately after Brazil’s World Cup qualifier with Uruguay, which kicks off at 1.30am on Friday, UK time.
United duo Edinson Cavani and Fred, City’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus are among those heading straight back to the British Isles.
Leeds star Raphinha, Chelsea’s Thiago Silva, Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz and Liverpool duo Alisson and Fabinho will also be on their way back, reports the Daily Mail.
Clubs must deem whether their players are fit enough to play this weekend, with all of them facing a tight turnaround.
Changes to the UK red list means four of the affected teams won’t have to watch their players go into quarantine.
Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay are among the countries that have been removed from the red list which is now down to seven nations.
Spurs intend to fly their quartet – Argentina’s Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero, Colomba’s Davinson Sanchez and Brazilian Emerson Royal – via a private jet.
Liverpool have the tightest timescale of any team, with 35 hours between Brazil’s qualifier and their Saturday lunchtime game at Watford.
City, United, Leeds and Aston Villa are all 3pm kick-offs later that day.
Chelsea meanwhile have 40 hours from Brazil’s clash until they host Brentford in a west London derby on Saturday evening.
Aston Villa’s Emi Martinez, Spurs’s Lo Celso and Romero, United’s Cavani and Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron will not have to undergo the 10 days in isolation following a recently agreed exemption.
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Players who visit red list countries formerly had to spend 10 days in quarantine once they arrived back in England providing they are fully vaccinated.
Now, as per the agreement, they will be allowed out to train and play, but must quarantine otherwise. Those who have benefitted from the red-list changes won’t have any such restrictions placed on their movement and be free to stay at home.
Brazil’s nine Premier League players returning this weekend will have to quarantine however having played a qualifier in Colombia, which remains on the red list.
Spurs defender Sanchez and Everton’s Yerry Mina will also have to quarantine.