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Football News: Review Of The Day 2nd April 2021

Review Of The Day 2nd April 2021
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Review of the Day

 

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Contracts

Veteran Rangers goalkeeper Alan McGregor has signed a year's contract extension.

 


Transfers

Brazilian midfielder Thiago Santos has joined Gremio from MLS franchise FC Dallas.

Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has cranked up the transfer talk surrounding him after he complained to RMC Sport about the criticism he receives playing in France: "The constant criticism in France is tiring, especially when you play for a club in your country and give everything for your national team too. It's different for players who play abroad. It will of course be a factor in the decision for my future here along with other factors."

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira, currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, has told ESPN he wants to return to South America following the death of his mother. The Uruguayan told them he would like to join Boca Juniors.

 


Injury Round-Up

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has suffered a calf muscle injury on international duty for Spain. The veteran centre-back is expected to miss both legs of the Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool.

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, along with four members of Italy's staff, have tested CV positive.

Bologna's Scotland international full-back Aaron Hickey has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury which requires surgery.

 


Managerial Changes

Former striker Jason Euell has been promoted by Charlton Athletic to a first-team coach. He had been in charge of their under-23s.

Colchester United have appointed former Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale to an advisory role alongside caretaker boss Hayden Mullins.

 


Disciplinary Charges

A trio of Juventus players are in trouble after police broke up a party in the home of USA international Weston McKennie. McKennie's Juve teammates Paulo Dybala and Arthur Melo, along with about 20 friends, were in attendance. Pandemic regulations have seen parties forbidden in Italy along with a nightly curfew between 10pm and 5am. The trio, along with their girlfriends and the other guests, have all been fined by police.

 


St Andrew's Sold

Birmingham City's St Andrew's stadium is under new ownership. Achiever Global Group Ltd, a British Virgin Islands property company, have bought 75% of the stadium. Blues will receive £10.8m immediately but will have to pay back £1.25m a year to lease the ground until 2031. The deal is to be reviewed in 2025, with a rise in line with UK interest rates of not less than 5% but no more than 22%. That means the minimum payment by 2025 will be at least £15.375m and they will no longer own their own stadium.

 


Brentford Losses

Championship club Brentford have announced a pre-tax loss of £9.1m in the year to June 2020. The previous year they made a profit of £24.3m. Owner Matthew Benham invested a further £3m into the club, to raise his contribution to £103m. The pandemic contributed to a fall of £1.34m in turnover. A profit of £24.8m was made in player sales, though the figures do not include the sale of Ollie Watkins to Aston Villa or Said Benrahma to West Ham United.

 


RIP Collins

There was sad news from Yeovil Town, as they announced the death of their captain Lee Collins at the age of just 32. Collins started his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers and joined Yeovil in 2019. A Yeovil statement read: "All at Yeovil Town Football Club are mourning the loss of club captain Lee Collins. Lee sadly passed away yesterday and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We ask everyone to respect the family's privacy at this time."

 


Busy Old Inter

Inter Milan have had a busy day, as they unveiled a new logo (which looks a lot like the old one but drawn by a child using a ruler) and announced their financial results for the last six months of 2020. The balance sheet shows a 62.7m euro loss, double the loss of the previous six months. Despite the losses, Goldman Sachs have given the troubled Serie A side a 250m euro loan which has enabled them to pay overdue wages before being sanctioned by UEFA and pay an instalment on the Achraf Hakimi transfer which was also due. The Milanese side already has a 375m euro bond that will require re-financing next year.

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Written by Tris Burke April 02 2021 06:47:20

 

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