Southgate Encourages England to Revert to Their Advantages
In an effort to restore their victorious momentum, England’s manager Gareth Southgate has urged his team to “return to our areas of expertise.” Following a series of disappointing outcomes, Southgate firmly believes that emphasizing their strengths will be crucial in reversing their fortunes.
Premier League Clubs Decline Interim Prohibition on Loan Agreements
In a recent update, Premier League organizations have rejected the proposal for a temporary prohibition on loan agreements between clubs that share the same ownership during the January transfer window. In order for the proposal to be approved, a minimum of 14 votes were required. However, only 13 clubs voted in favor, while seven clubs opposed the temporary block.
As a result of this decision, Newcastle United, which was purchased by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) for an astonishing £305 million in October 2021, now has the freedom to recruit players from Saudi clubs that are also owned by PIF. One player who has been associated with the Magpies is Ruben Neves, a former Wolves midfielder who made a move to Al-Hilal during the summer transfer window for a significant fee of £47 million. Newcastle’s quest for a midfielder arises as they aim to replace the absence of Italian Sandro Tonali, who received a 10-month football suspension in October due to violating betting regulations. Manager Eddie Howe has indicated his willingness to recruit players from the Saudi Pro League, emphasizing that they would evaluate any individual capable of enhancing the team’s strength.
Importantly, it should be emphasized that the suggested temporary block would have solely affected incoming transfers and not outgoing ones. The initial plan was for this to act as a temporary fix until a more permanent solution could be decided upon before the summer transfer window in 2024.
PIF has control over four prominent Saudi Arabian clubs – Al-Hilal, Al-Nassr, Al-Ahli, and Al-Ittihad. PIF played a crucial role in the acquisition of Newcastle United, contributing 80% of the funds for the purchase more than two years ago.