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UEFA Change Rules On January Transfer Deals

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The January transfer window runs from New Year’s Day to the end of the month each year. In previous seasons clubs were able to register new players for their knockout stages of their European competitions – but only if those players hadn’t already played in Europe for another side earlier in the season.

But UEFA have now scrapped that rule and instead players will be free to represent TWO clubs in Europe either side of the transfer window.

To appreciate why this is significant, you only have to look back to the January 2018 transfer window.
Last winter, Barcelona signed Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool in a £142m deal.

But they could not play the Brazilian in Europe as he had already represented the Reds.
Indeed, it is thought Coutinho’s ineligibility for the second half of Barca’s European campaign may have knocked his price down.

Arsenal endured the same restriction when signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, for the Gabon international had already represented Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League.

Spanish newspaper SPORT claim the ruling from European football’s governing body comes into effect and cannot be changed again until 2021.

It also avoids the farcical situation whereby a player is restricted from competing in the same European competition for two clubs in one season – yet could play in the Champions League and Europa League.

This is what happened to Manchester United and Arsenal back in January when they performed a swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez move to Old Trafford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan head in the opposite direction.

Both players were allowed to represent their new clubs in Europe, as United were in the Champions League knockout stage and Arsenal the Europa League last-32.

SPORT claim UEFA’s ironing out of this rule could now lead to a return to feverish spending in the January transfer window.

Recent windows have proven to be relatively quiet, with Coutinho’s switch to Barcelona seen as an anomaly.

Manchester United were all set to keep their squad as it was until Sanchez’s availability became apparent, while Liverpool had a deal for Virgil van Dijk sewn up well before the window opened.

The top clubs in Europe are already looking to January to see if deals can be made during the month-long window.

And, now the restrictions of European competitions have been lifted, more deals could well be imminent.

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Euro 2020: Christian Eriksen To Get Heart-Starting Device After Cardiac Attack

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After a series of tests were carried out by experts in the field, the Inter star will have a potentially life-saving device implanted
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Christian Eriksen will be fitted with an ICD – a heart defibrillator – after he suffered a cardiac incident in the match against Finland, Denmark have confirmed.

 

 

The Inter star fell to the pitch unconscious on the second match day of Euro 2020 and had to be resuscitated before then being transported to hospital.

 

 

Now, after a series of tests carried out by medical specialists, it has been announced that Eriksen will have a potentially life-saving implant installed.

 

 

What has been said?
National team doctor Morten Boesen has been in contact with the cardiac specialist at Rigshospitalet and Eriksen, and this is the latest status: “After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD (heart starter). This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances.

 

 

“Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment.

 

 

“We encourage everybody to give Christian and his family peace and privacy the following time.”

 

 

Has Eriksen spoken since the incident?
Yes. Taking to social media on Tuesday, the attacking midfielder wrote: “Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family.

 

 

“I’m fine – under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay.

 

 

“Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”

 

 

Will he be able to play football again?
It is not yet known whether Eriksen will be able to play football again.

 

 

It is not unheard of, though, as the example of German forward Daniel Engelbrecht showed.

 

 

Engelbrecht collapsed on the pitch while playing for Stuttgart Kickers in July 2013, having suffered from a heart attack.

 

He was then fitted with a defibrillator and returned to the pitch in November of 2014 after 17 months of recovery.

 

However, Engelbrecht suffered from more heart issues down the line and hung up his boots in 2018 to concentrate on a career in coaching.

 

In terms of players still in the game, Ajax and Netherlands star Daley Blind continues to play at the highest level after having an ICD implanted in December 2019.
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​Ex-Chelsea Boss Lampard Back in Crystal Palace Contention

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Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is again being linked to the vacant Crystal Palace job.

 

 

The London club were expected to secure former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

 

 

However, talks collapsed, which means they are looking for another candidate.

 

 

The Daily Mirror reports Palace have moved onto Lampard, Swansea boss Steve Cooper and Burnley manager Sean Dyche as possible targets after pulling the plug on the Nuno deal.

 

Lampard’s interest in the Palace job is unknown, but he had recently stated that he was ready to get back to work after his sacking by Chelsea in January.

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PSG Hijack Another Barcelona Target — Report

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According to Italian journalist Guillaume Maillard-Pacini, Paris-Saint Germain have hijacked yet another Barcelona transfer target.

 

A few days ago, the Paris-based club stole away Georginio Wijnaldum from the Blaugranas by offering him wages worth more than double which Joan Laporta and co were ready to offer.

 

Now, Les Parisiens are about to do the same with former AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

 

Touted to become one of the world’s best goalkeepers, Donnarumma is at the end of his contract in Milan. Moving away as a free agent, the goalkeeper is on the radar of several top-tier clubs across Europe. His agent, Mino Raiola, is attempting to find the Italian national the right club where he can continue to grow and develop as a player.

 

 

Barça had made contact with Raiola regarding his transfer; the high-profile agent had offered his player to the club himself. However, this transfer has not been one of the Catalan club’s main priorities over the summer, and it is likely they will continue to bet on the relatively underperforming Marc-Andres ter Stegen, who will surely bounce back into form soon.

 

 

Therefore, the conditions have been set for PSG to hijack yet another transfer target from Camp Nou. Donnarumma, whose transfer to Barça was becoming more and more likely, will now probably be pried away to Paris — a club that have the financial resources to offer him a much better contract.

 

 

It is likely that the 22-year-old’s agent will also get his notoriously large commission on this deal as well, with reports claiming he will be asking anything up to €20m, as Donnarumma will be joining PSG as a free agent, giving more leeway for a higher agent-fee. Barcelona, in any case, would have probably not been able to afford such a fee.

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