It’s been over a month since Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund confirmed the purchase of Newcastle United.
The new era at St James’ Park has already started with managerial change at the club as the Magpies replaced Steve Bruce with Eddie Howe earlier this month.
Having sorted out the managerial situation, the new leaders will shift their focus to the winter market, and the windows coming after that. Several players are already linked to Newcastle and more names are added to the list.
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen is just one of the players to have been linked with an unlikely move to the English club in recent weeks. The claims weren’t strong to begin with, but the Catalan media have followed up on them.
Sport have a short report on the back page of today’s newspaper, stating the 29-year-old has ‘received an offer’ from Howe’s side.
The details of the proposal are not mentioned, but the Germany international did not even ‘listen to the offer’ because of the Premier League side’s immediate sporting plans.
Ter Stegen was ‘surprised’ to know that Newcastle ‘still did not have a technical structure’, more than a month after the arrival of their new owners.
Whether this is the full truth of the situation, or Sport using an outlandish rumour to have a dig at Newcastle’s new owners, isn’t clear.
To be frank, the Spanish sport media haven’t been showing much concern over the links to the Saudi regime, but there has been suggestions of worry over another rich Premier League club arriving on the European scene.