Transfer rumours: Newcastle takeover, Coutinho, Shaqiri, Willian, Palhinha

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.

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