Barcelona Eyeing Bayern Midfielder Kimmich
In an attempt to bolster their midfield options, Barcelona is reportedly targeting Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich. The Daily Mail suggests that Barcelona legend Xavi is keen on adding experience to his squad and sees Kimmich as a perfect fit alongside Ilkay Gundogan. The uncertainty surrounding Kimmich’s future has given Barcelona hope, and the club’s chiefs have identified him as a potential signing. Mail Sport understands that pairing Kimmich with his Germany teammate Gundogan would be seen as a significant positive by boss Xavi, who is looking for players with a winning mentality and a history of success.
Ten Hag to Miss Out on Ratcliffe Funds
Erik ten Hag, the current manager of Manchester United, will not receive any funds from Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s initial £245 million investment into the club, according to The Telegraph. Ratcliffe, the billionaire owner of Ineos, will invest the funds into infrastructure projects at Old Trafford. The completion of Ratcliffe’s acquisition of a 25% stake in the club for £1.35 billion is expected later this month. However, the additional cash injection will not be used for player transfers or wages. It is worth noting that the £245 million will not contribute to the club’s existing debt, which stands at over £1 billion.
Wolff Could Join Ratcliffe in Manchester United Bid
Toto Wolff, the team principal of Mercedes F1, has revealed that he has held discussions with Sir Jim Ratcliffe regarding potentially joining his bid for Manchester United, reports The Sun. Ratcliffe, who is set to acquire a 25% stake in the club, will have a significant say in sporting matters at Old Trafford. Wolff and Ratcliffe already have a business relationship, as they co-own a stake in Mercedes alongside Ola Kallenius.
Newcastle Faces Obstacles in Neves Deal
Newcastle United may encounter difficulties in convincing the Premier League to allow them to sign Ruben Neves or other players from the Saudi Pro League, according to The Mirror. Newcastle is looking to secure a loan deal for Portugal international midfielder Neves, who recently moved to Al-Hilal for £47 million. Both Newcastle and Al-Hilal are owned by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, and there are currently no regulations preventing the deal. However, Premier League rivals are concerned that Newcastle could exploit their ownership of Saudi clubs to acquire players at a lower cost. Newcastle, who are facing Financial Fair Play restrictions, are in need of a replacement for playmaker Sandro Tonali, who is serving a 10-month ban for betting. A loan deal would be ideal for the club given their financial constraints.