Cristiano Ronaldo and Matthijs De Ligt to be kept by Juventus but Sarri planning post-coronavirus clearout

JUVENTUS are reportedly planning a post-coronavirus clearout but Cristiano Ronaldo and Matthijs De Ligt are set to stay.

The Italian division has been suspended since the start of March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the league being financially impacted with clubs prevented from taking in ticket sales and broadcasting revenue.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Matthijs De Ligt are set to stay despite Juventus planning a clearout
Tuttosport say Juve manager Maurizio Sarri is already being forced to consider selling players

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Teams could be forced to flog stars when the transfer window opens in a bid to recoup lost money lost during the global crisis.

According to Tuttosport, Juve manager Maurizio Sarri is already being forced to consider selling players with Miralem Pjanic, Daniele Rugani and Mattia De Sciglio named possibly at risk.

But it is understood forward Ronaldo, last summer’s signing Matthijs De Ligt and club captain Giorgio Chiellini are safe.

In a bid to control costs during the COVID-19 outbreak, Italian champions Juve announced yesterday they had reached an agreement with their players and coaches to implement a wage cut.
And now Serie A followed as they confirmed all clubs have agreed to do the same, taking up to one third of a pay cut.

Stars like Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku will lose FOUR MONTHS’ salary if the season is never finished.

But if they can restart the 2019-20 season, then the cut will be just two months’ salary.

A statement read: “Coherently with all the actions undertaken at national and international level, Lega Serie A has decided unanimously, excluding Juventus – who have already agreed such salary cut with their own players – a common line to reduce the impact of wages of players and managers of the first-team squads.

“This reduction, necessary to save the future of football, will be of one-third lump sum (as much as four months’ salary) if football doesn’t start over again or of one-sixth (as much as two months’ salary) if we can finish the 2019-20 season.

“It goes without saying that it will be the clubs discussing the terms with their employees. Lega Serie A is monitoring the situation along with FIGC [Italian Football Federation], UEFA and ECA [European Clubs Association].

“The will to finish the season has been communicated, but only without any risks as of when sanitary conditions and governments decree will allow it.

“Today’s assembly has analysed the recommendations of the Italian Sporting Medical Federation on the training session restart at the present time. Within the end of this week the FIGC will issue the norms about it.”

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