Some Newcastle United supporters continue to hope that, eventually, a takeover deal can be reached to get Mike Ashley out of the club, and a group backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund through the door.

Indeed, there’s already been an agreement in place, only for that to be knocked back by those overseeing such takeovers in English football. That’s caused a huge reaction from sections of Newcastle’s fanbase, with the situation continuing to this day.

The Premier League side aren’t the only ones keen on getting their hands on the money, with it again being reported in Italy that Inter Milan’s owners are on the search for financial partners, and the Saudi option is very much one being considered.

Inter won Serie A last season, but then their financial difficulties began to be made clear. Suning and the Zhang family were either unwilling or unable to continue throwing money in, and that saw the exits of Antonio Conte, who knew there’d be a lack of investment, followed by Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku.

La Repubblica, via Calcio e Finanza, report Suning’s search has started afresh, with the Saudi PIF specifically named as an option.

There’s a belief in Italy that the Newcastle United route is now closed, leaving Suning a freer run, although that would clearly be contested in England.