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Inter chief Beppe Marotta believes player prices will fall and “there could be more swap deals” because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Market prices had spiked after Neymar’s €222m transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in 2017 but, with the season ground to a halt as the world fights off COVID-19, clubs are suffering losses of earnings.

“Beyond the dates that are still to be determined, I think it will inevitably be a poorer market so there could be more swap deals,” Marotta told Tuttosport.

“We’ll see a general drop in prices because the problem is global. It’ll be important to be able to exploit the resources of our academies.”

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Inter Milan head coach Antonio Conte has issued a plea for people to stay home and respect the rules amid the ongoing coronavirus emergency in Italy.

Outside of China, Italy has been the hardest hit by the virus – named COVID-19 – with more than 1,400 deaths recorded from at least 21,100 cases.

The global pandemic has forced the postponement of all sport, including Serie A, until April 3 in Italy, where the country is in lockdown with all shops except food stores and pharmacies closing.

“Please stay home and respect the rules,” Conte said in a video message posted via Inter’s official channels.

Italian FA Wants To Postpone Euro 2020

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Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Gabriele Gravina says they will ask UEFA to postpone this summer’s European Championship in an attempt to ease fixture congestion caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

The FIGC will propose the idea at a UEFA meeting on Tuesday, where talks are set to take place to decide how the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign will be resolved.

UEFA has invited members of all 55 associations across Europe to attend the meeting via video conference, to discuss the ongoing developments with the spread of coronavirus.

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Serie A 2019-20 risks having to stop prematurely because of the Coronavirus outbreak, which would be the first early finish since World War I in 1915, and a potential repeat of that Lazio protest.

The Coronavirus outbreak has put football on hold in Italy and has started to affect the rest of the European leagues as well.

Only once previously has the top division in Italy been forced to stop early because of external forces, the aforementioned season in 1915.

Juventus Have 121 People In Self-Isolation

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Juventus have confirmed that 121 people associated with the club have gone into self-isolation after Daniele Rugani tested positive for the coronavirus.

Defender Rugani became the first confirmed case of coronavirus of any player in Serie A on Wednesday evening.

He shared a dressing room on Sunday with his Juventus teammates as they beat Inter Milan 2-0 behind closed doors, and as a result the club have introduced drastic measures to help prevent the spread of the virus.

A club statement read:

Euro 2020 To Be Delayed Until Next Summer

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UEFA are expected to suspend the Champions League and Europa League, postponing Euro 2020 for a year, but only after a meeting on March 17, claim L’Equipe.

It was announced today that UEFA were organising a summit via videoconference with representatives of the 55 members associations, boards of the European Club Association, European Leagues and FIFPro to discuss “European football’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

“Discussions will include all domestic and European competitions, including UEFA Euro 2020. Further communication will be made following those meetings.”

L’Equipe claim one decision has already been made, as UEFA are expected to announce that Euro 2020 will become Euro 2021.

Juventus v Lyon Postponed

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The Champions League games Juventus-Olympique Lyonnais and Manchester City-Real Madrid are postponed, as squads are quarantined due to the Coronavirus.

“Following the quarantine imposed on players of Juventus and Real Madrid CF, the following UEFA Champions League matches will not take place as scheduled.

“UEFA Champions League, Round of 16:

“Manchester City FC – Real Madrid CF, 17 March, 21:00CET

“Juventus – Olympique Lyonnais, 17 March, 21:00CET

“Further decisions on the two matches will be communicated in due course.”

It remains to be seen what will happen with Napoli’s proposed trip to Barcelona, while in the Europa League Sevilla-Roma and Inter-Getafe have already been postponed.

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UEFA asked Roma and Inter Milan to withdraw from the Europa League this week but both Italian clubs rejected the proposal immediately, according to reports.

UEFA has allegedly asked Roma and Inter to pull out of the Europa League for the competition to continue as normal, according to the Roma based newspaper Il Messaggero.

The newspaper writes that the UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin hopes to continue their competitions and help Euro 2020 to go as planned this summer, by asking the Italian teams to give up their spot in the last 16 of the Europa League.

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Atalanta’s run to the quarter-final of the Champions League has seen the club earn over €50m in prize money. To out that number in perspective, Atalanta had revenues of €155m in the 2018-2019 season.

La Dea swept aside Valencia in last night’s second leg 8-4 on aggregate to become the sixth side from Serie A to reach the last eight of the competition.

Financial website Calcio e Finanza crunched the numbers on the Bergamo side’s success, and it revealed that the club, as it stands, will receive just over €50m from UEFA.

FIGC: Serie A Season May Not Resume

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A FIGC statement confirms they will try to postpone the end of Serie A to May 31 amid the Coronavirus outbreak, but could have play-offs for the Scudetto and relegation too.

Today’s summit between the Italian Football Federation, CONI, Government and various representatives of the league competitions was called to discuss how to proceed after a shutdown on sporting events until April 3.

There is no time to complete all the postponed Serie A matches by the planned final day of May 24, not to mention the Coppa Italia.