Newcastle have started talks to sign Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 28, after Bayern Munich chose they will not be taking up their option to sign the Brazil international on a long-term deal. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish) The Magpies have actually also recognized Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 28, as a significant transfer target this summertime. (Mail) The ₤300 m Saudi Arabia-funded takeover of Newcastle is in doubt after the World Trade Organisation ruled that the nation is behind a pirate TV and streaming service that provides unlawful access to sporting occasions.