The Premier League sides have chartered a private jet to get their South American players back for the weekend. Daily mail.
Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United It is among the top flying clubs reported to have teamed up for an airplane that costs six figures to transport international players.
Nine top representatives from Brazil and Uruguay will take off right after the World Cup qualifiers in Manaus, scheduled to kick off at 1:30 am UK time on Friday.
Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz will return to England alongside United duo Edinson Cavani and Fred, City’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus. Liverpool’s Fabinho and Alisson, Leeds star Raphinha and Chelsea’s Thiago Silva will also take part.
The post, the possibility of arranging two flights and dividing the group based on where their club will play on Saturday were also discussed.
All flights will be socially distancing with mask-wearing passengers, but each club will face big decisions as to whether any of their South American teams are fit enough to be featured in the next fixture of the Premier League.
Liverpool have the tightest comeback before their next Premier League game against Watford, with just a 35-hour gap between Brazil’s qualifying start and Saturday’s lunchtime start at Vicarage Road.
Villa, City, United and Leeds have another two and a half hours, while Chelsea’s timetable is 40 hours before they host Brentford on Saturday evening.
Villa head coach Dean Smith is also sweating over whether goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez is available, but has been bolstered by the confirmation that the South American stars no longer have to quarantine when they return to England following changes to the English red list.
Martinez, Spurs’ Lo Celso and Romero, and United’s Cavani and Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron will not have to go through isolation for 10 days.
Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay are among the countries excluded from the red list, which has now been reduced to seven countries.