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At a time when clubs across the footballing world are feeling the financial pinch of the coronavirus pandemic, the Gunners have resorted to some cost-cutting measures of their own.
Arsenal have told 10 scouts their contracts with the club won’t be renewed because of financial cutbacks, highlighting the testing times football clubs are facing due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mirror Football reports that the ten part-time scouts who have been relieved off of their duties helped the Gunners discover the likes of Bukayo Sako, Emile Smith-Rowe, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson.
The scouts were informed of the club’s decision by email by the side’s human resources department and also talked with academy coaches Steve Brown and Lee Herron. They were informed via email that Arsenal have chosen to run down their contracts on June 30.
That one of the biggest clubs in world football have been forced to lay-off what many claim is the best youth scouting network in England makes it crystal clear that the coronavirus pandemic has hit almost every club hard in the pocket.
Police have asked for six Premier League games to be moved to neutral locations as they are concerned that crowds will gather around the stadiums if these matches are played at their natural venues.
Champions-elect Liverpool will play three of their remaining nine games on a neutral venue, with Newcastle not playing two of its remaining matches at the St. James Park. The high-profile top-six clash between Manchester United and Sheffield United will also be played at a neutral location.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will have to play their first game against Everton away from the Goodison Park as well as any fixture in which they’d be expected to wrap up the League title. The reigning European Champions will also play both of their fixtures against the Manchester sides on neutral venues.
The other games police have concerns over are: Manchester City Vs Newcastle and Newcastle United Vs Liverpool. Daily Mail further reports that while Everton won’t be able to host Liverpool at the Goodison Park on the opening weekend, the game can’t be staged in Manchester as well.
With more than two years remaining on his lucrative Real Madrid contract, Gareth Bale seems to be going nowhere in the immediate future.
Real Madrid are facing the unpalatable situation of having Gareth Bale on their books for at least six more months after they failed to acquire a bid for the Wales international ahead of the summer transfer window.
Marca reports that Los Blancos want to get rid of the £350,000/week star but have not been approached by even a single club for the 30-year-old. The Spanish publication further adds that the Welshman isn’t perturbed by this situation as he is not ‘particularly interested’ in listening to offers.
Bale was on the verge of leaving the La Liga giants in the previous summer transfer window before Real pulled the plug on his move to Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning. Ligalive reported at the time that Madrid were hopeful that the Chinese club were prepared to pay a large amount for James Rodriguez.
However, after that rumor turned out to be false, Zinedine Zidane’s side faced an unenviable situation of having the former Spurs midfielder on their books for at least six more months.
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