Sheffield United could resume the 2019/20 season on June 6, according to the Mirror.
English football is looking at the first weekend in June as a realistic option to return. The EFL are also keen to resume at the same time.
However, this will only be the case if the government deem it is safe enough to do so. All matches will be played behind closed doors.
The FA have already put forward Wembley and St George’s Park as bases to conclude top flight games. This would be in a bid to limit the travel of players, staff and officials.
The Times reports that the Premier League could hold up to four fixtures a day in a bid to conclude the campaign as quickly as possible. There are still nine rounds of league matches to be played, with some clubs – including the Blades – having ten games remaining.
The National Football Centre at St George’s Park is considered a particularly viable option. That is because the facility in Burton-on-Trent has 228 hotel rooms and 13 pitches – making it a good potential quarantine base.
How Sheffield United want to finish the season
Blades boss, Chris Wilder, was initially opposed to playing fixtures behind closed doors. Yet Wilder has since softened his stance and now thinks simply finishing the season is the most important thing.
The 52-year-old backed Gary Neville’s five-point plan for concluding this term. A variation on some of Neville’s ideas now seem to be being considered.
It looks as if a condensed version of the campaign will be initiated, if possible. There are some legal difficulties with the season extending beyond June 30, because of those players who will be out of contract.
However, FIFA have recommended that clubs can extend the deals of those due to become free agents until the season has concluded – as reported by ESPN.