Premier League clubs set for big losses as fans return - Paper Talk

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Back-page headlines and transfer rumours from Friday's newspapers...


Arsenal will be the first top-flight club to welcome back supporters in their Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna next Thursday, but Premier League clubs are still in line to lose £500,000 per match with limited crowds.

Manchester United are being held to ransom for millions of pounds by cyber criminals who have crippled the club's systems.

The English Football League will not be moving matches scheduled for the final day of national lockdown so fans can attend a day later.

Nicolas Pepe curled home Arsenal's opener
Image: Arsenal will be the first Premier League club to welcome back fans in the stadium

Former Newcastle striker Shefki Kuqi is in line for a return to football as he emerges as a contender for the Kosovo U21 manager's job.

Manchester United have not given up hope of signing Ousmane Dembele on loan and could return for the Barcelona forward in January, according to reports.

Joe Joyce has been left reeling from the shock news that his trainer, Ismael Salas, will not be in his corner for the fight against Daniel Dubois after testing positive for coronavirus.


Neymar is 'not in the top 30 players in Europe' and should not return to Barcelona, according to presidential candidate Toni Freixa.

Gareth Southgate revealed the reason he turned down the England job at first was because of a fear of failure.

Chelsea are reportedly eyeing up a move for Atletico Madrid star Jose Gimenez.

Diego Costa's injury misery continues after being ruled out for a month with deep vein thrombosis.


Jurgen Klopp has been given some respite from his injury nightmare, with news that skipper Jordan Henderson is back in training.

Barcelona presidential hopeful Emili Rousaud has promised to hold a referendum over naming the Nou Camp after Lionel Messi if he is elected in January.

Arsenal target Houssem Aouar has reportedly been left out of the Lyon squad to take on Reims this weekend after refusing to train.

GETAFTE, SPAIN - OCTOBER 17: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona during the La Liga Santander match between Getafe v FC Barcelona at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez on October 17, 2020 in Getafte Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Image: Lionel Messi could soon have a stadium named after him after Napoli confirmed they will rename their ground after the late Diego Maradona

Erling Haaland is part of Borussia Dortmund's "long-term plan" and they have no interest in addressing the rumour mill, claims club director Michael Zorc.


Arsenal's preparations for Sunday's match against Wolves were disrupted after their flight home from Thursday's Europa League match against Molde was cancelled due to fog.

Premier League managers have called into question the integrity of the competition after only half of top-flight clubs were allowed to welcome fans back under new coronavirus rules.


Liverpool are said to be open to a future deal with Jeremy Doku after his transfer to Rennes.

Manchester United target Jadon Sancho has admitted this season has been difficult for him at Borussia Dortmund following the collapse of his potential move to Old Trafford.


Defiant Neil Lennon is convinced he can turn Celtic's fortunes around in the wake a thumping defeat at the hands of Sparta Prague.

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho
Image: Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho was at the centre of a transfer saga last summer

Aberdeen skipper Joe Lewis insists emergency action is required for Scottish football to be placed on an equal footing with England to get fans back into games.


Liverpool have less power now when it comes to stopping Barcelona in their pursuit of Sadio Mane after an £89m clause expired between the clubs.


Manchester United's computer systems are still down a week after the club revealed that they had been the subject of a sophisticated criminal hack - raising fears they have been victims of a ransomware attack.

Lewis Hamilton has said there would be "no greater honour" than receiving a knighthood after winning his seventh world drivers' title.

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