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The Hat Trick, Dec. 30: Ousmane Dembélé, Chelsea posts huge loss, Serie A & La Liga Covid issues

Here's 3 of the topics we'll be covering on today's show. Join into the conversation on the Twitch Pitch live or catch the show on your favorite podcatcher.


  • Ousmane Dembélé's talks to do a new contract at Barcelona have broken down. There is reportedly frustration about being asked to take a pay cut while the club has added Ferran Torres and is reportedly chasing Erling Haaland and others.

  • Despite an increase in revenues, Chelsea posted a £145.6m loss for the last financial year. The club say that playing games with no crowds and a reduction in player sales are the primary drivers behind the loss.

  • As Italy and Spain prepare for the return from a short winter break, Serie A and La Liga are battling Covid outbreaks in their clubs. Barcelona are missing 18 players due a combination of positive Covid tests, injuries, and suspensions. Diego Simeone has tested positive and won't be on the touchline for Atleti. Victor Osimhen wasn't able to return to Naples to be checked out by the club's doctor, he tested positive in his native Nigeria before leaving.

SONG OF THE DAY

Jay Kay, lead singer of Jamiroquai, was born on this day in 1969. Virtual Insanity got all the attention when they burst onto the scene in the U.S., but this was my personal favorite.


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