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NEWCASTLE UNITED'S Saudi takeover is back ON, with the £300m deal 'imminent'.

The Saudis and Qataris have been locked in a brutal dispute for more than four years after Doha-based beIN Sports had its feed across the Middle East hijacked.

But there has been a major breakthrough after the Gulf state finally lifted its ban on neighbour Qatar's beIN Sports and approval from the Premier League for the deal's completion could come within the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Kylian Mbappe has confirmed he will leave PSG on a free transfer next summer.

And he added that he handed in a transfer request in July in the hope that the club would be able to pick up a fee and he wouldn't have to run down his contract.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS

    After a world record 37 games unbeaten, Italy have finally tasted defeat for the first on home soil this century in a 2-1 loss to Spain. 

    The damage was done in the first half when Ferran Torres converted two delicious Mikel Oyarzabal crosses either side of Leonardo Bonucci's red card. 

    Spain controlled the second period yet a late Lorenzo Pellegrini goal set up a grandstand finish. La Roja held on though, and will now face the winners of Belgium against France in Sunday's final of the Nations League.

    Meanwhile, Italy star Georgio Chiellini revealed he’s ashamed of Napoli fans who racially abused Fiorentina players when the sides met last week.

    Chiellini said hearing the abhorrent chants disgusted him and he demanded action was taken as racist fans don’t reflect the image of his native country.

    He said, reported by JOE: “We need laws and rules that are applied.

    “I was ashamed, as an Italian and a Tuscan, also because Italy is not a racist country for me.”

    Elsewhere, Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne has revealed he has no ill feelings towards Chelsea ace Antonio Rudiger who ended his Champions League final early in May.

    Rudiger forced De Bruyne off the pitch when he clattered into him, giving the Belgian concussion.

    But after looking back at the game, De Bruyne reckons Rudiger didn’t mean any harm and was just trying to block him getting the ball.

    And finally, Kylian Mbappe’s mum denies claims that her son is at loggerheads with Paris Saint-Germain over his demands to leave the club.

    Infact, she claims that Mbappe is holding progressive talks with PSG about signing a new contract.

    And even if he doesn’t commit his future to the club, Mbappe’s mother is adamant he’s dedicated to bringing the Champions League trophy to Paris before his potential exit.

  • Justin Lawrence

    IT'S OVER

    After a world record 37 games unbeaten, Italy finally taste defeat and it's their first on home soil this century in a 2-1 loss to Spain.

    The damage was done in the first half when Ferran Torres converted two delicious Mikel Oyarzabal crosses either side of Leonardo Bonucci's red card.

    Spain controlled the second period yet a late Lorenzo Pellegrini goal set up a grandstand finish.

    La Roja held on though, and will now face the winners of Belgium against France in Sunday's final of the Nations League.

  • Justin Lawrence

    MAGPIE MBAPPE

    Newcastle fans are dreaming of Kylian Mbappe heading to St.James' Park as reports claim the club is subject to a £300million Saudi takeover.

    Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund have been locked in a battle to buy the Magpies for the past four years but it appears that a deal with Toon chief Mike Ashley is back on.

    And upon hearing the news, Toon fans have flocked to Twitter to share their visions of a new-look Newcastle lead by Mbappe and Erling Haaland, with under-fire boss Steve Bruce at the helm.

    One fan wrote: "Imagine the Saudis come in, yeah. Get Mbappe on a free. Get Haaland for €75m. With the promise that they'll be in the Champions League.

    "And then they entrust them players with Steve Bruce as manager."

    While another beamed: "We are getting nearer and nearer to the dream scenario of Steve Bruce managing a front three of Mbappe, Haaland and Joelinton."

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    PRINCELY SUMS

    Newcastle United's stalled Saudi takeover could be back on after the Gulf state finally lifted its ban on neighbour Qatar's beIN Sports.

    The Public Investment Fund, which is the Saudi’s sovereign wealth fund belonging to Mohammad bin Salman, is set to own 80 per cent of the club in the proposed deal.

    But who is bin Salman, a man with famous friends, bucketloads of cash – and potentially a Premier League team all of his own?

    As SunSport found out, he's not short of material wealth.

    The son of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, his family are said to be worth close to £1TRILLION.

    That means bin Salman, 34, has an insatiable appetite for spending his cash.

    The playboy has reportedly splashed hundreds of millions in the past on a fancy yacht, a French home and even some rare art as he lives a life of luxury.

    It's meant he's also made friends in high places, including in the White House – where he met former President Donald Trump, who he's called a friend.

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    RACE SHAME

    Euro 2020 winner Giorgio Chiellini has revealed that he is "ashamed" of the racist abuse Fiorentina fans directed at Napoli players.

    Napoli's black trio Kalidou Koulibaly, Osimhen and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa were racially abused by Fiorentina's supporters during their 2-1 victory last week.

    And the abuse they faced has disgusted Juventus star Chiellini who wants tougher sanctions for those spewing hatred becausethey don't stand for what Italy represents.

    He said, reported by JOE: "We need laws and rules that are applied,

    "I was ashamed, as an Italian and a Tuscan, also because Italy is not a racist country for me.

    "Something more must be done, otherwise from outside we give a bad image of ourselves."

  • Justin Lawrence

    MUM'S THE WORD

    Kylian Mbappe's mum claims that the striker's contract talks with Paris Saint-Germain are progressing smoothly.

    The French star has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid next summer when his PSG contract runs out.

    But the 22-year-olds mother, Fayza Lamari revealed that he's still discussing his future with the Ligue 1 giants.

    She even claims to be in close contact with PSG chief Leonardo.

    Lamari told Le Parisien: 'We are in talks with PSG right now and it's going well.

    'I even spoke to PSG sporting director Leonardo on Monday night."

    However, Lamari couldn't confirm if her son will stay in Paris or not, but did say he's committed to winning the Champions League with Mauricio Pochettino's team.

    She added: "But will we reach an outcome? One thing is sure: he will give his all right up until the end to win the Champions League."

  • Justin Lawrence

    DE BLUR

    Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne claims he doesn't hold any malice towards Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger for injuring him in the Champions League final.

    De Bruyne was forced off the pitch after clashing with Rudiger in the second half of the game which the Blues went on to win 1-0.

    The Belgian doesn't even remember what happened as he was suffering from a concussion, but after seeing pictures from the game, he's sure Rudiger meant no harm.

    De Bruyne told HLN: "I have seen the images back. He just wanted to block me, not to cause an injury.

    "For me, it was not a red card. I was concussed, so the final is all a blur."

     

     

  • Sandra Brobbey

    GUND DEED

    Man City ace Ilkay Gundogan is set to pay for 5,000 trees to be planted in the aftermath of natural disasters.

    The German international made the decision in response to major natural disasters in Germany and Turkey.

    Swathes of Germany endured catastrophic flooding in July after heavy rainfall.

    Gundogan said: "It is particularly important that we set an example now, that events like these in summer 2021 do not become a daily occurrence for our children.

    "Even in primary school, we learn how important trees are for mankind and for our climate.

    "I would like to play a small part with this campaign to draw more attention to this issue, but also to contribute financial support."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    PRICEY STERLING

    Barcelona are thought to be struggling to fund a bid for Raheem Sterling.

    Reports claim the club owes almost £100million in transfer fees.

    The Daily Star says the Catalan giants' financial woes mean they could be priced out of a move for the £300,000-a-week forward in the next two transfer windows.

    Arsenal are also thought to be interested in the England international.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    TOONS OVER THE MOON

    Newcastle's stalled takeover involving Saudi officials could be back on after the Gulf state backed down in its piracy duel with Qatar.

    The Saudis and Qataris have been going head-to-head for more than four years after Doha-based beIN Sports had its feed across the Middle East hijacked.

    Reports today say the Saudis have capitulated, reversing the block on the beIN feed and agreeing to settle the company’s legal cases, including a £750m investment arbitration claim.

    And this could be the game-changer Newcastle supporters have waited for.

    Sunsport understands that the U-turn has been greeted with relief and delight in Qatar.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    MAD ABOUT MADY

    Liverpool are rumoured to have their eye on Mady Camara with the Express describing the player as Naby Keita 2.0.

    It is though the midfielder's performances for Olympiacos have impressed the Reds.

    The player is reported to have put in a solid shift for the Greek club in their 3-0 trouncing of Fenerbahce in the Europa League last week.

    The player's ability on the pitch is thought to have earned him comparisons to his Guinea compatriot Keita.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    EAGER EAGLES

    Crystal Palace's American co-owner says the club are thriving on their underdog status.

    The Eagles are targeting a top 10 finish for the first time in a decade under Patrick Vieira.

    Harris, who with David Blitzer joined Palace chairman Steve Parish with a partnership stake in the club in 2015, believes his side have had to be more imaginative in the transfer market to compete with other clubs.

    Harris told a Leaders Week sports conference: "We (Palace) are scrappy and on the move and in mid-table, hopefully moving towards the top 10.

    "So for us it’s fun, it’s enjoyable," added Harris, with Palace sitting in 14th spot.

    "We like that underdog (spirit) but being on the rise. But we have to be a bit more agile, a bit more fleet of foot – those are the differences."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    TOTT SPOT

    Tottenham are due to set up new training scheme at their stadium campus in south-east London

    The project aims to find youngsters who have the potential to be the club's next big stars.

    Football.London reports the project will also give players the chance to develop their skills.

    It is thought the campus will be used by the Club's Academy and Global Football Development team as a football talent ID centre.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    TED TALK

    Teddy Sheringham says David Beckham gave him the brush off when the ex-Spurs striker attempted to take a Three Lions free-kick in place of the England hero.

    The incident occurred 20 years today when Beckham netted a free-kick against Greece.

    And the goal saw the Three Lions qualify for the World Cup.

    Sheringham told talkSPORT in July: "Becks had probably had five or six free-kicks in that game, and they’d gone all over the place; he’d hit the wall, he’d hit Row Z, so when we got the last one I actually said to him ‘Becks, I’ll have this one.

    “He just said ‘Go away, Ted. You can’t even reach from here.’

  • Sandra Brobbey

    BOOT FOR BRUCE?

    Newcastle United are reported to be compiling a list of managers to replace Steve Bruce.

    Football Insider claims a Toons source told them the club are taking action on identifying potential successors.

    This season the 60-year-old has come under fire for the club's current top-flight struggles. 

    Football Insider reckons this is the first time the club's board have shown their discomfort with the situation.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    HERE FOR HAALAND

    Man United are rumoured to be willing to double Erling Haaland's salary in a bid to beat their rivals to his signature.

    The Red Devils are thought to be battling Man City and Chelsea for the Bundesliga striker with Borussia Dortmund reportedly offering a new contract of £250,000 a week to retain the player.

    This figure is claimed to be  £115,000 more than he earns each week.

    But is thought the German side could struggle to match Man United's offer.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    MBAPPE BATTLE

    Leonardo has hit out at Real Madrid accusing the club of having a 'lack of respect' by discussing the future of Kylian Mbappe.

    On Tuesday Madrid President Florentino Perez said he was confident the France star would commit to a LaLiga move with his contract set to expire at the end of this season.

    PSG sporting director Leonardo told L'Equipe: "In the same week, we've had a Real Madrid player (Karim Benzema) the coach (Carlo Ancelotti) and now the president of Real Madrid speak of Kylian as if he were their own player.

    "It's a lack of respect that we can't tolerate. That (pursuit) from Florentino has been happening for two years.

    "I only want to remind (everyone) the transfer window is over, that the season is going on."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    SOUTHBOUND

    Premier League sides fear they are fighting a losing battle to have some of their stars available for their first games after the international break.

    It is thought teams want their players to leave camps with South American countries early.

    Aston Villa, Chelsea, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are reported to be affected by the issue.

    And United fear Edinson Cavani and Fred could miss their clash with Leicester City on October 16.

    The Daily Mail claims talks are ongoing between clubs and the relevant federations to try and reach an agreement.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    MESS IS BEST

    Gary Lineker has dismissed the idea that Lionel Messi would not be able to hack playing in the Premier League.

    And the Match of the Day presenter says the notion the Argentinian's stature will hold him back in the Prem is a 'stupid one'.

    In a Marca interview, Lineker said: "It is a very stupid opinion, that some believe, in England, that Leo could not succeed in my country because it is a more physical League.

    "It is so stupid that I refute it with a fact: Leo has scored 27 goals in 35 games for Premier League teams in Europe. Something historical."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS

    Serge Aurier described his decision to reunite with old boss Unai Emery at Villarreal as a 'real opportunity'.

    The France full-back, 28, opted to tear up his contract with Tottenham before joining the LaLiga club on Monday.

    Aurier previously played under Emery during the Spaniard's spell in charge of Paris Saint-Germain.

    Aurier told Villarreal TV: "It's a very good opportunity for me to start a new challenge. Now I have to fight with my team to get what we deserve.

    "There's a real opportunity for me because I already know Unai Emery.

    "We had a great time at PSG together."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    RUD MOVE

    Tottenham are thought to be keen on a free transfer swoop for Antonio Rudiger.

    The Germany centre-back is reportedly stalling on a new deal with Chelsea.

    It is claimed the Blues star is after a £400,000-a-week contract.

    The Express claims Spurs are eager on a move for the player following their attempts to sign him last season.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    CUP RULE CHANGE

    Pep Guardiola is thought to be leading charge for a Carabao Cup rule change.

    Man City reached the last 16 of this year's contest and due to face West Ham who knocked out Man United.

    The Daily Mail claims the Prem champs are keen to have five substitutions allowed in the competition.

    It is reported the push for this change is coming from Guardiola himself.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    TINO'S PRICE

    Chelsea may have to fork out £35million should they attempt to re-sign Tino Livramento in future, according to SunSport.

    The 18-year-old has impressed for the Saints in the top-flight this term after making just four Blues appearances before switching to St Mary's.

    The right-back has played in seven of Southampton's top tier games this season and his performances are thought to have wowed fans.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Real Madrid have been accused of having no respect by Paris Saint-Germain chief Leonardo due to their public pursuit of Kylian Mbappe.

    Madrid have been courting Mbappe for the past few seasons and their president Florentino Perez even claimed the French youngster could be heading to Spain in January.

    Perez’s allegations have ruffled Leonardo’s feathers, and he gave Madrid a piece of his mind when talking to L’Equipe.

    Meanwhile, former Barcelona star Luis Suarez has revealed he’ll never forget how bad the club treated him during his final days there.

    Suarez scored against Barca in his new team Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 win over them last weekend and after the game he explained how much the Catalan giants hurt him.

    He said to ESPN: “It was the way they did it. I gave a lot to the club, and I don’t think I deserved to be treated that way.

    “They should sit down with me, one-to-one, and explain everything.”

    Finally, Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger revealed he’s staying put at Stamford Bridge despite Bayern Munich’s flattering interest.

    Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann recently praised Rudiger as the best defender the Blues currently have.

    But the German star has no intention of leaving Thomas Tuchel’s Blues revolution for now.

    He told BILD: “My future? I feel good at Chelsea where I am now, so that fits.

    “FC Bayern interest honours me because that shows that I’ve done a few things right recently.”

  • James Orr

    'I'LL DO WHAT I CAN'

    Exclusive by Will Pugh

    Man City cult hero Shaun Goater is offering to help bring Erling Haaland to the Etihad.

    Goater, dubbed the Goat by Man City fans, played with Erling’s dad Alf-Inge at the turn of the Century.

    As the battle hots up for Borussia Dortmund’s superstar striker, he said: “If they need me to talk to Alf, I’ll do what I can.

    “He’d be an exceptional buy as he’s young, his scoring record in Europe is phenomenal and I think he’d adjust to the Premier League easily.”

    Haaland, 21, has a clause in his contract that means he can leave for £65million next summer.

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