Football rumours: Matic, Zaha, Willian, Soumare, Boga, Pjanic, Alaba

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The Premier League is again investigating playing games behind closed doors amid the coronavirus crisis in order to complete the season. (Independent)external-link

Manchester United are in talks with midfielder Nemanja Matic, 31, over a new two-year deal worth £140,000-a-week after triggering a clause to extend the Serb's contract by a year. (Sun)external-link

Crystal Palace's Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha, 27, has offered free use of 50 properties to NHS staff who are battling the coronavirus outbreak in central London hospitals. (Times - subscription required)external-link

West Brom striker Charlie Austin has urged people not to take coronavirus lightly after testing positive. The English 30-year-old suspects he contracted it at the Cheltenham Festival. (Telegraph - subscription required)external-link

Chelsea forward Willian, 31, has asked the club's permission to return to his native Brazil in order to be with his family. (Mirror)external-link

Leading Championship clubs are considering a plan to cap player wages at £6,000 a week because of the suspension of the football season. (Telegraph - subscription required)external-link

Liverpool have been in negotiations for "some time" with Lille's 21-year-old France Under-21 midfielder Boubakary Soumare. (Sport - in Spanish)external-link

Sassuolo winger Jeremie Boga, 23, could return to Chelsea because the Blues have a £12.8m buy-back clause in the Ivory Coast international's contract. (Mail)external-link

Juventus want to offer Chelsea Bosnia-Herzegovina midfielder Miralem Pjanic, 29, as part of a swap deal for 28-year-old Italy midfielder Jorginho. (Corriere dello Sport, via Sun)external-link

On-loan Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo, 30, earns £8,000 per goal and £9,000 for every win on top of his £180,000-a-week wages at Old Trafford. (Sun)external-link

Barcelona and Real Madrid could move for 27-year-old Austria defender David Alaba, who is unsure about extending his contract with Bayern Munich.(Bild - in German)external-link

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