Madrid The British football club Newcastle United, recently taken over by a Saudi consortium, wants to poach the German national goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen from FC Barcelona, according to a report in the Spanish newspaper “El Nacional”.
The Premier League club, which is in danger of relegation, is ready to pay the Catalan club, which is in a financial crisis, a transfer fee of 55 million euros, the newspaper wrote without naming any sources. The two clubs and Ter Stegen did not comment on the report on Friday either.
Does ter Stegen even want to leave Barcelona?
Barça, groaning under a mountain of debt of 1.35 billion euros, could use the money well. In addition, the performance of the 29-year-old German was no longer as spectacularly good as it used to be, the newspaper warned. The biggest obstacle to a change of Ter Stegen, however, is Ter Stegen himself. He feels at home in Barcelona and has always said that he wanted to return to Germany after his time in Catalonia, wrote “El Nacional”. The takeover of Newcastle by the Saudi consortium is anything but undisputed.
The Premier League had recently approved the takeover by a consortium with Saudi participation, as it does not believe that the club is under the control of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Arabian public investment fund is said to hold 80 percent of the consortium and is now the majority owner of the association. In addition, the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is accused of serious human rights violations, is the most influential man in the fund. Because the fund is viewed as “separate from the state”, a takeover was permitted from the league’s point of view.
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