A HOST of Premier League clubs have chipped in to hire a private jet to get their South American stars back in time to play this weekend.
The Daily Mail says Liverpool, Manchester City and neighbours United are ‘understood to be involved in clubbing together for an aircraft’ which costs ‘six figures’.
Brazil’s World Cup qualifying clash with Uruguay will kick off at 1:30am on Friday UK time.
That has nine players from England’s top-flight involved, and they will take off immediately after the clash in Manaus.
United striker Edinson Cavani and midfielder Fred, Man City's goalkeeper Ederson and forward Gabriel Jesus plus Liverpool pair Alisson and Fabinho will all be on-board.
And the report claims that Leeds United's Raphinha is also expected to fly back too.
Chelsea star Thiago Silva and Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz are set to travel home as well.
Now the possibility of arranging two flights is being discussed with the group potentially splitting into two depending on where their club is playing in the country this weekend.
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Tottenham’s South American quartet of Argentinians Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero, Colombian Davinson Sanchez and Brazilian Emerson Royal are also being flown by private jet ahead of the trip to Newcastle on Sunday.
All of the flights will have passengers socially distanced and wearing masks.
Now all of the clubs above must decide whether their men are fit enough to take part this weekend with some having less than 48 hours to both recover and travel.
Liverpool’s players only have a 35-hour gap between Brazil's qualifier kicking off and the Saturday lunchtime game at Watford.
South American stars of City, United, Leeds and Aston Villa all have an additional two-and-a-half hours.
And Chelsea's timescale is 40 hours before they welcome Brentford to Stamford Bridge on Saturday night.
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