What Man Utd owners the Glazers think about selling Red Devils

Manchester United’s owners the Glazers have no intention of selling the club and were only willing to let a Saudi Arabian consortium buy just a 20 per cent share, reports say. The Americans are unpopular figures among fans at Old Trafford. But it appears they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, with the family very much determined to steer the Red Devils back to the top of the Premier League.

When the Glazers took over at United in 2005, many felt uneasy.

The Red Devils were seen as selling their soul and, in the years since, the Americans have been subject to various protests both on the terraces and away from the field of play.

Even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had his doubts. At a time where supporter fury was growing in volume, he said 15 years ago: “I think it is important that the club remains in the right hands.

“I am absolutely on the supporters’ side and think the club is in very good hands as it is today. I am a United fan myself and only want what is best for the future.”

For a while, things worked.

The Glazers saw United win trophies galore under Sir Alex Ferguson but, in the years since the Scot walked away, the Red Devils have fallen down the football power rankings.

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Earlier in the season, at a time where supporter fury was reaching its peak, a Saudi Arabian consortium showed interest in buying the club.

It’s previously been claimed the Glazers were willing to sell up should they receive an offer in the region of £2billion to £3b.

But The Athletic say the Glazers are very much determined to stay put and continue the work they started years ago.

It’s claimed they were only willing to sell a stake worth 20 per cent to the Saudis when they held talks last year.

And a former United director, whose name is withheld, believes the Glazers are ‘attached’ to the Red Devils.

“People underestimate how attached the owners are to Manchester United,” they said.

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“I’m sure there have been people in the past who have been prepared to wave some notes at them but it would take a lot to get them out.

“Not just because they’d want to maximise their return but also because being the owner of Manchester United means something.”

Meanwhile, former United defender Gary Neville recently claimed the Glazers had allowed Old Trafford and general match days to ‘tire’.

“When I think of Manchester United and the land Manchester United own, there should be a Man United World around there,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“They should be influencing education and community, there should be entertainment for the public, it should be a real experience of Manchester United around that stadium.

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“Old Trafford has been allowed to tire, the team has been tiring, the stadium is starting to look old and it needs investment.

“Around the area, there is a huge opportunity to create a Man United experience, something that can influence not just Manchester – their reach is global.

“Old Trafford is a special place, it could be so much more special.

“If you tap into what City have done over there with a far lesser name and a far more difficult hand to play. The opportunities for United are big, but they have to have a strategy and an ambition to deliver what it can be.

“The City owners have a vision of what they want for their football club and their football product to be while United seems more insular at this point in time.”

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Timo Werner to Liverpool transfer ‘is happening’ as new Jurgen Klopp link emerges

Liverpool have been linked with a move for impressive RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner this summer. The Reds are looking to add another strong link to their attacking line-up of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Werner has been in stunning form this season, netting 27 goals and providing 12 assists in all competitions.

And BILD Head of Football Christian Falk believes Werner moving to Liverpool will happen this summer.

He also highlights the fact the 24-year-old has just joined a new agency that also look after Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

He told lfctransfertoom: “According to our information, the clause is 55 million as a base value and can grow to 60 million if RB Leipzig makes it into the Champions League.

“And yes, I think this transfer is happening. Interestingly, Werner now has a new Social Media and Marketing agency.

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“The boss of this agency is also Jurgen Klopp’s manager.

“Werner is also talking a lot about Liverpool in the public eye now too…”

Falk has also revealed Liverpool are interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz.

He explained: “Kai Havertz – especially those who witnessed his match for Leverkusen against Werder Bremen as he scored two goals – he is one the hottest players on the market.

“However, he wanted to be transferred during the summer, but FC Bayern won’t be willing to gamble right now.

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“For Bayern, Havertz is of course very interesting, but the club would prefer a transfer in 2021 instead.

“That means Havertz will take on the focus of other international top clubs like Barcelona, Real Madrid or Liverpool.

“I have heard there is interest from these clubs.

“The agents of Havertz informed Bayer Leverkusen already about this, but there are no offers yet.”

Liverpool currently sit top of the Premier League and need just six points to seal their first title since 1990.

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The Reds will be hoping football can restart when it is safe to do so to avoid any question marks over their legitimacy as title holders.

The Premier League is currently suspended due to the global coronavirus crisis.

Players have returned to training this week but in small groups and maintaining social distancing.

Premier League football is currently scheduled to return in mid-June but that date could be pushed back.

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp holds trump card if he wants Kalidou Koulibaly transfer

If Jurgen Klopp does indeed want Kalidou Koulibaly, then he has the perfect man to help him execute his plan in Sadio Mane. The two Senegal internationals are the pride of Aliou Cisse’s national team and are both recognised as superstars on the world stage.

Both have become faces of African football and are helping inspire the next generation of Senegalese talent to follow their dreams in Europe.

Coincidentally, both made their senior bow at Metz where they shared the dressing room together in the 2011/12 season.

Mane would then divert to Red Bull Salzburg in Austria while Koulibaly moved on to Genk in Belgium.

Now, they have a unique chance to reunite at club level at Liverpool.

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Make no mistake, this is a deal that Klopp is very unlikely to pursue, particularly in the current financial climate.

But it’s a proposition that leaves supporters drooling and other Premier League attacks running scared.

A partnership of Virgil van Dijk and Koulibaly would elevate Liverpool to the next level.

It’s an addition that could put daylight between themselves and Manchester City, who will no doubt recruit and make up ground this summer.

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Koulibaly is at the stage in his career where he wants to try something new before it’s too late.

Napoli appear to be at the end of a cycle after a stagnant campaign following the arrival of Gennaro Gattuso.

There had been hope under Carlo Ancelotti that Napoli could knock Juventus off their perch.

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He would now sure love to bring Koulibaly to Merseyside but the project across Stanley Park at Anfield is a far more attractive one.

The centre-back will not be short of options if he does decide to leave the San Paolo.

Paris Saint-Germain need to replace Thiago Silva while Manchester United failed with a bid for Koulibaly two years ago.

Man City are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements and lived to regret letting Van Dijk move to Liverpool.

Mane can help them suffer again, by playing the middle man in a potential deal for Koulibaly, should Michael Edwards be willing to dip his hands deep into his pockets.

The winger has already played a similar role when securing the signing of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.

Mane and Keita also briefly played together at RB Salzburg and has helped the midfielder settle at Anfield.

This summer may not be the right transfer window to do the deal, but it’s a game changing addition worth considering for Klopp.

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Chelsea under pressure to complete Ben Chilwell transfer because of PSG

Chelsea are under pressure to complete a deal for Ben Chilwell after Paris Saint-Germain have opened talks with Alex Telles. The Blues are on the hunt for a new left-back this summer and have identified Chilwell as their priority target.

The England international is seen as a major upgrade on Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso, with both Blues defenders having been linked with moves away from the club this summer.

However, Leicester are expected to demand £80million for Chilwell – the same fee Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire last summer.

Chelsea have therefore been linked with a host of other options in case a deal for the Foxes full-back falls through, including FC Porto star Telles.

The Brazilian would be a much cheaper option due to his £40m release clause and lower wage demands.

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Telles has already informed Porto that he wishes to leave the club at the end of next season when his contract expires, so the Primera Liga side are looking to cash in now while they still can.

And French outlet Le 10 Sport claim PSG have made a move for the 27-year-old as they look to replace Layvin Kurzawa.

The full-back is out-of-contract at the Parc des Princes and has not been offered a new deal so Telles is seen as a like-for-like replacement.

The latest report suggests PSG have opened talks with both Porto and representatives of Telles, which include agent Pini Zahavi – the man who also looks after Neymar’s affairs.

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PSG sporting director Leonardo is believed to have a good relationship with Zahavi which could help secure a deal and subsequently heap the pressure on Chelsea.

There would be huge importance placed on the Blues snapping up Chilwell, with their reserve option off the table.

Atalanta ace Robin Gosens could emerge as the next most likely candidate for the Blues if Chilwell stays put, but there are few other realistic alternatives available.

Nicolas Tagliafico and Marc Cucurella have both been linked but the former is under contract with Ajax until 2022 while the latter has just joined Getafe from Barcelona permanently and remains unproven.

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Fode Ballo-Toure has also been touted as a potential target but Manchester United have recently emerged as suitors for the Monaco full-back.

A new left-sided defender is not Chelsea’s only worry this summer, with Frank Lampard searching for a striker to ease the goalscoring burden on Tammy Abraham.

Moussa Dembele appears most likely to make a move to Stamford Bridge but is also attracting attention from United while Timo Werner and Victor Osimhen have also been linked.

Meanwhile, the Blues are in another transfer tug-of-war with the Red Devils over Jadon Sancho as the Borussia Dortmund ace contemplates a return to the Premier League.

The England international is valued at £120m so Chelsea would struggle to finance further improvements to the squad, although they are also on the look-out for a new centre-back.

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Jadon Sancho shirt number, Man Utd plot fresh transfer, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool latest

Tuesday, May 19

  • Jadon Sancho should be given Manchester United’s iconic number seven shirt
  • Manchester United are keen on signing Monaco left-back Fode Ballo-Toure
  • Barcelona ‘desired’ Tottenham striker Harry Kane before switching their focus
  • Real Madrid have no interest in signing Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland

Jadon Sancho shirt number

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho should be given Manchester United’s iconic number seven shirt if he arrives at Old Trafford.

That’s according to club legend Rio Ferdinand, who believes the England international has the ‘arrogance’ to handle the pressure of wearing the number previously worn by Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Harry Kane has been linked, but if I was going to be pushing for an attacking player, I would still go for Jadon Sancho,” Ferdinand told 606 Savage Social.

“He’s got an arrogance about him, it’s what you want on a football pitch, they’d embrace that. So yes, I’d give it [the number seven shirt] to him and put that pressure right on his shoulders!”

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Fode Ballo-Toure interest

Manchester United are reportedly keen on signing Monaco left-back Fode Ballo-Toure.

Ballo-Toure, who was on the books at Paris Saint-Germain as a teenager, joined Monaco from Lille for a fee of around £10million in January 2019.

And his performances have been enough to catch the eye of United scouts, who view him as someone that can provide Luke Shaw with competition at left-back.

Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, clubs are looking at cut-price deals to bolster their squads and The Times say United could move for Ballo-Toure in the summer.

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Harry Kane to Barcelona

Barcelona ‘desired’ Tottenham striker Harry Kane before switching their attentions to Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez.

The Catalan giants have been searching for a long-term replacement for Uruguayan talisman Luis Suarez, 33, since last January.

And, according to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu contacted his Tottenham counterpart Daniel Levy to discuss Kane’s availability.

However, Levy’s response is thought to have been ‘prohibitive and off-market’ with a valuation of £200million.

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Arsenal’s pursuit of Luka Jovic has hit the rocks.

And that, according to Cadena Cope, is because Real Madrid have absolutely no interest in signing Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.

Zinedine Zidane had been tipped to replace Jovic after a poor debut campaign at the Bernabeu, where he’s managed just two goals in 24 appearances.

Arsenal were reportedly preparing an offer for the Serbia international but Cadena Cope suggest that Zidane will persevere with the 22-year-old.

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Arsenal ahead of two Premier League clubs in transfer race to sign £15m striker

Arsenal boss Mikel Artea has made £15m-rated Amiens forward Serhou Guirassy a summer transfer target, but the Spaniard faces stiff competition from at least two other Premier League clubs for the striker’s signature.

Arteta is expecting to have to work with limited funds in the upcoming window and as a result, the north London club are focusing on free transfers and swap deals.

The Gunners aren’t alone at being in this situation as clubs across the globe asses the financial impact the suspension of football has had them.

However, according to the Daily Mail, Arsenal have still made Amiens forward Serhou Guirassy a summer transfer target.

Although they are not the only Premier League club interested, as the promising striker has also been scouted by West Ham and Bournemouth.

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The 24-year-old emerged as one of the most promising strikers in France last season, despite being in a relegation battle with Amiens.

He scored nine goals and provided one assist in 23 Ligue 1 appearances last season.

It was an impressive return in his debut season for the club after arriving in France from German side Cologne in a £5million deal last summer.

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The Ligue 1 season was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic with 18 of the 20 clubs having 10 games remaining and two teams with 11 matches left.

However, following last month’s announcement by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe that the 2019/20 sporting season was over, the Ligue de Football Professional (LFP) then crowned Paris Saint-Germain as champions and relegated Amiens and Toulouse to Ligue 2.

This could boost Arsenal’s chances of getting a good deal for the striker and according to ESPN, Guirassy could be sold for just £15m.

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“A number of clubs in England and across Europe have shown an interest in Serhou after he performed so well for Amiens,” McKay said.

“In the current climate due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic clubs might not be able to pay huge transfer fees like they used to and in that respect, Serhou could prove to be a bargain in this window.

“Serhou’s preference has always been to play in the English Premier League.

“But Amiens will evaluate all offers that come in for him and make a decision from there.”

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Man Utd ace has been ‘reinvented’ under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but faces major problem

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has been “reinvented” under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and could finally be ready to showcase his potential once he completes his move into a new position. That’s the opinion of United academy graduate Danny Higginbotham.

Shaw recovered from a hamstring injury earlier in the season to reclaim his place in the first-team squad.

The defender has had mixed fortunes since his 2014 move from Southampton, having endured multiple injuries throughout his time at the club.

But under Solskjaer, he has started playing in a new position, having moved from left-back to centre-back.

The Norwegian boss has implemented a style of three at the back at times this year, with Shaw featuring on the left-hand side of the back three.

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Part of the reason for that move has been the emergence of Brandon Williams, who has broken into the team this year.

The teenage wing-back has featured 12 times in the league for United, scoring once and providing an assist.

But Higginbotham believes Williams will provide a challenge for Shaw this season.

“I think he’s another player who has been reinvented under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer,” he said on ESPN FC.

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“The interesting thing is that under Solskjaer they’ll play three at the back, and when he’s played three at the back they’ve had Brandon Williams playing left-back and Luke Shaw has played left-sided centre-back.

“One of the interesting things is that when I spoke to Solskjaer about it, he said at times Shaw has covered more ground as one of the three centre-backs, because he sees the game in front of him.

“Hopefully we’re starting to see what Luke Shaw is all about, if he’s playing full-back then the main width is coming from both full-backs.”

Higginbotham went on to explain that part of the reason for Shaw’s failure to find consistent form has been his injury history.

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“Shaw has had a terrible time of injuries,” he continued.

“When he got that terrible one under [Louis] Van Gaal he was just hitting his form, and he’s just starting to get it back.

“The challenge between himself and Brandon Williams is a really interesting one.

“I think Luke Shaw has had a very, very stable season.”

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Man Utd legend David Beckham judged by Fred – ‘I can’t even talk about him’

Manchester United star Fred has hailed David Beckham, admitting he ‘can’t even talk’ about the Red Devils legend. However, despite that, the Brazil international demoted him for Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes when asked to leave one of the trio out. Beckham spent nine years in the United first team during his playing days, winning six Premier League titles.

United star Fred was speaking to Brazilian website Esporto Interativo when asked to pick from Giggs, Scholes and Beckham.

And he said: “Oh man. They are three phenomena, but I think I’d leave Beckham out. I’d take the other two.

“I think Giggs has 960 games for United, he can’t be left out. Beckham I can’t even talk about him.

“But you have to leave one out, and Scholes for how he played there.”

Fred also revealed how Scholes impacted him this season – despite not actually talking to the United legend.

“Before the game against Brugge, in which I scored two goals, I hadn’t scored a goal this season,” he said.

“We were at the hotel there for lunch, just before the game.

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“And the TV here likes to show old games. And they were showing only Scholes’ goals.

“And I was like, ‘Man, this guy gets in the box so much. He’s a midfielder and is always in the box, he always scores with his head, all the time’.

“Back then, I saw him playing but I didn’t follow so much, in Brazil I wasn’t able to watch all United games.

“And then, seeing his goals, he would enter the box, shoot from outside the box, right foot, left foot. And I said ‘what’s that, man, this guy’.

“And then Bruno [Fernandes] said ‘See? You have to do that. Enter the box and you’ll score’.

“Then I went and scored two goals in that game. That’s why Bruno celebrated a lot, he was on the bench. I watched his videos and said ‘man, what a great player’.”

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Beckham was a vital part of United’s success under Ferguson during the 1990s and early 2000s.

He was sold by the Scot to La Liga giants Real Madrid in 2003, though, after the pair’s relationship had crumbled.

Ferguson famously kicked a boot at Beckham in the months before they parted ways – and Giggs recently admitted the pair were ‘arguing every week’.

He said: “I think the majority of the time it was for football reasons.

“It was to get someone in or the player maybe losing that influence. Or it was just the time.

“The likes of David Beckham it was getting too much, where he was arguing every other week really and it was just time for both parties to move and that happened on a few occasions.”

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Giggs also admitted he nearly left United the year after Beckham’s exit.

He added: “Around 2003/2004 I didn’t have a great start to the season. It was the summer that David Beckham went, that was the probably the closest that I had got to going,

“My form wasn’t great, and it was the transition period where I’ve gone from flying winger to coming in a little bit more inside.

“I’d lost that pace. He [Ferguson] actually never really said it.

“I ended the season quite strong. If I hadn’t, who knows.”

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Bundesliga fixtures May 2020: The full schedule of fixtures as Bundesliga restarts today

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge predicts a billion people will be watching as the Bundesliga makes its return. The German top-flight becomes the first major football league to resume playing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“With the Bundesliga as the only league to be broadcast on TV, I expect we will have an audience of a billion,” Rummenigge told SportBild magazine this week.

Matches will be played in empty stadiums with only about 300 essential staff and officials attending

Players have been told not to spit, celebrate in groups, or touch hands with team-mates.

Some clubs will use music and cardboard cutouts of fans to enhance the atmosphere.

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Bundesliga fixtures May 2020 (all time BST)

Saturday, May 16

2.30pm Augsburg v Wolfsburg

2.30pm Borussia Dortmund v Schalke

2.30pm Fortuna Dusseldorf v SC Paderborn 07

2.30pm Hoffenheim v Hertha Berlin

2.30pm RB Leipzig v Freiburg

5.30pm Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Monchengladbach

Sunday, May 17

2.30pm FC Koln v Mainz

5pm Union Berlin v Bayern Munich

Monday, May 18

7.30pm Werder Bremen v Leverkusen

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Friday, May 22

7.30pm Hertha Berlin v Union Berlin

Saturday, May 23

2.30pm Borussia Monchengladbach v Leverkusen

2.30pm Freiburg v Werder Bremen

2.30pm SC Paderborn 07 v Hoffenheim

2.30pm Wolfsburg v Borussia Dortmund

5.30pm Bayern Munich v Eintracht Frankfurt

Sunday, May 24

2.30pm Schalke v Augsburg

2.30pm Mainz v RB Leipzig

5pm FC Koln v Fortuna Dusseldorf

Tuesday, May 26

5.30pm Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich

7.30pm Eintracht Frankfurt v Freiburg

7.30pm Leverkusen v Wolfsburg

7.30pm Werder Bremen v Borussia Monchengladbach

Wednesday, May 27

5.30pm RB Leipzig v Hertha Berlin

7.30pm Augsburg v SC Paderborn 07

7.30pm Fortuna Dusseldorf v Schalke

7.30pm Hoffenheim v FC Koln

7.30pm Union Berlin v Mainz

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Friday, May 29

7.30pm Freiburg v Leverkusen

Saturday, May 30

2.30pm FC Koln v RB Leipzig

2.30pm Hertha Berlin v Augsburg

2.30pm Mainz v Hoffenheim

2.30pm Schalke v Werder Bremen

2.30pm Wolfsburg v Eintracht Frankfurt

5.30pm Bayern Munich v Fortuna Dusseldorf

Sunday, May 31

2.30pm Borussia Monchengladbach v Union Berlin

5pm SC Paderborn 07 v Borussia Dortmund

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Newcastle takeover: Roma contact Saudi Crown Prince about deal despite Toon talks

Newcastle’s takeover is reportedly days away from being completed, but the deal has encountered a fresh hurdle after Italian side Roma approached the Magpies’ prospective owners. Roma’s owners are trying to find a buyer for the club, and have reportedly singled out the Saudi Arabia-backed consortium.

Amanda Staveley’s consortium is still expected to take control of Newcastle in the coming days.

Speculation has been rife for weeks now over a potential deal, which is now set to be completed taking ownership away from Mike Ashley.

The consortium is backed by the £320billion Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, and is set to make Newcastle the richest club in the world.

Having seen the interest the Saudi Royal Family has in football, Roma apparently approached them over making a deal to buy them as well.

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The Daily Star reports that Roma owner James Pallotta still expects the group to become majority owners at Newcastle, as signed agreement documents have already been submitted to the league.

But after hiring Goldman Sachs to find a new buyer for the club, Pallotta is keen to bring them into the Serie A side as well.

Pallotta is reportedly keen to stress that he isn’t trying to hijack the Newcastle deal, but has still contacted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over a deal.

The Newcastle takeover is still set to be completed despite numerous hurdles, and was expected to be announced this week.

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The Roma approach was apparently only based on the potential of the Newcastle bid being rejected, which is unlikely.

There is still significant pressure against the move, however, with the fiancee of murdered journalist Jamal Khasoggi writing an open letter to Newcastle fans, as well as BeIN Sports and Conservative MP Giles Watling both against the takeover.

Watling, a member of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee [DCMS] has called for a proper investigation into links between Saudi Arabia and illegal streaming service beoutQ.

That investigation would be directly linked to BeIN Sports’ concerns that Premier League matches are being streamed illegally in Saudi Arabia through state-supported services.

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Watling wrote in an email to fellow members of the DCMS: “I am writing to request that the Committee holds an oral evidence session on the theft of UK sport by the Saudi-based pirate operation beoutQ, which has been stealing and broadcasting every major UK sporting competition for almost three years, including the Premier League.

“Ideally, this should be with the Secretary of State and representatives from the Premier League.

“This is even more relevant now within the context of the likely takeover of Newcastle United by a consortium backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.”

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