The coronavirus pandemic has prevented Premier League clubs from touring overseas for the past two summers. Instead, they had to ply their trade on their own turf.
However, restrictions around the world are beginning to ease and some form of normalcy is returning to society. From then on, trips abroad were back and Premier League clubs were quick to organize their lucrative tours.
Tottenham have already confirmed their trip to South Korea, Liverpool are planning a Far East tour, Manchester United are planning a trip to Australia and Arsenal are keen to reschedule their trip to America.
So, with plenty of money-making tours on the horizon, Sportsmail has outlined when and where you can expect to see every Premier League outfit this summer.
Pre-season trips abroad are back for the summer and Premier League clubs are wasting no time organizing their lucrative tours
Arsenal are planning to reschedule their United States of America tour. They were originally scheduled to embark on the trip in the summer of 2021, but canceled their plans due to the pandemic.
Mikel Arteta’s side were due to travel to the United States to take on Inter Milan, Everton and Millionarios in the Florida Cup. However, a Covid outbreak within the team sabotaged their plans.
Therefore, Stan Kroenke – who just won the Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams – is eager to postpone the tour until summer 2022.
The tour will provide Kroenke – who has faced major criticism from supporters for what they see as his lack of commitment and investment – the perfect opportunity to greet the players and staff of Arsenal.
Arsenal plan to postpone US tour to summer 2022
The tour will provide Kroenke with the perfect opportunity to greet Arsenal players and staff
Tottenham has confirmed they would be traveling to South Korea for their first pre-season tour since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The North London club will use the trip to prepare for the 2022-2023 season.
The last time Tottenham flew on a pre-season tour was in 2019 – when they traveled to Singapore and Shanghai to play against Juventus and Manchester United.
Spurs also featured in friendlies against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in Germany in the summer of 2019, before returning home to face Inter Milan.
Antonio Conte’s Tottenham squad have confirmed they will travel to South Korea
The North London club will use the onboard trip to prepare for the 2022-23 season
Speaking about their pre-season tour, Son said: “I am extremely delighted to be returning home to South Korea this summer alongside my Spurs teammates – for most of them it will be their first visit. ”
“I can’t wait to see their reaction to the passionate Korean fans and the incredible atmosphere in what we’re sure will be packed with stadiums for our matches.”
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy added: “We are delighted to be back on tour after what has been such a difficult time for all of us.
“Being able to take our team overseas during pre-season is always a key part of preparing for any season ahead – I speak on behalf of all the players and staff in saying we have missed being able to do that these past last years.
“A trip to Korea, in particular, is long overdue – we are well aware of the incredible support we have there, with many fans traveling to London to watch our games over the past few years.”
Son says he’s ‘extremely excited to be returning home to South Korea’ for pre-season trip
Crystal Palace are said to be in talks with Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester United over two potential pre-season friendlies.
Their first game against Liverpool would take place in Singapore on July 15. Following this, Palace will fly to Australia to face the Red Devils.
Palace are said to be keen to take part in the lucrative pre-season fixtures as they believe the fixtures will help raise the club’s global profile.
Crystal Palace are said to be in talks with Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester United over two potential pre-season friendlies. They will take place in Singapore and Australia
Liverpool are in talks with Manchester United and Crystal Palace to play a series of friendlies in the Far East. According to AthleticismJurgen Klopp’s side travel to Thailand and Singapore in July to take on their Premier League counterparts.
Contracts have yet to be signed for the games in Asia but, as things stand, the plan is to travel to Bangkok on July 12 to face United and then travel to Singapore three days later to face Palace.
Athletic say official confirmation of the tour will come in March – once travel details have been finalised.
Moreover, Liverpool are reportedly planning a European tour which will see them attend a training camp in France or Austria.
Liverpool are in talks with United and Palace to play a series of friendlies in the Far East
Jurgen Klopp’s side will travel to Thailand and Singapore in July to face the two clubs
Manchester United are set to face Liverpool and Crystal Palace in two pre-season friendlies abroad. They hope to play against Liverpool in Bangkok and Crystal Palace in Australia.
However, they had to cancel their Hong Kong tour as the city still has some of the toughest Covid restrictions in the world as its government attempts to tackle a fifth wave of infections.
If Manchester United had decided to continue the tour, they would have had to go through a two-week quarantine period upon arrival.
Man United set to face Liverpool and Crystal Palace in two pre-season friendlies abroad
Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) chairman Pui Kwan-kay said the city would have been delighted to welcome Manchester United, but admitted a deal fell through because “the authorities had no could make no promises about easing strict quarantine requirements for foreign visitors.” ‘.
Addressing the South China Morning Posthe said, “They [United] have expressed interest in coming to Hong Kong this summer and of course we welcome them as Manchester United have a huge following here and there is no need to worry about entry receipts.
“Additionally, we want to inject more positive energy into the community during these difficult times of the pandemic and an exciting international football match can certainly do the trick.”
“However, the deal ultimately fell through as the authorities were unable to promise to relax the strict quarantine requirements for overseas visitors, even though the match will not take place until several months later. In the end, the Premier League side of course chose not to come as no team can spare this quarantine time before playing a game.
However, they canceled their Hong Kong tour as the city still has some of the toughest Covid restrictions in the world as its government attempts to tackle a fifth wave of infections.