Newcastle United cool interest in Benfica keeper

The Greek stopper, who has 6 caps for his country, has impressed between the sticks this season for Benfica, who finished second in the 2019/20 Portuguese top flight.

That led to him catching the eye of Newcastle United, but now the Magpies have cooled their interest in the 26-year-old significantly.

This is no doubt down to the collapse of the proposed takeover of Newcastle by a Saudi-backed consortium last week.

Odisseas – who was born in Germany but represents Greece – embodies an interesting transfer target for the Toon, who already have a more than capable goalkeeper in Martin Dubravka.

Dubravka was one of Newcastle’s star players in 2019/20, winning the club’s player of the season award.

Although a swoop for Odisseas is now over according to Portuguese publication O Jogo, the fact Steve Bruce was said to be considering a move for a goalkeeper may raise questions over Dubravka’s St James’ Park future.

Investors pull out of Newcastle United takeover

The announcement comes after almost four months of waiting, with the drawn out nature of the deal putting off the potential new investors.

A statement from the Saudi Public Investment Fund, the Reuben Brothers and PCP Capital Partners – who make up the consortium involved in the takeover – read:

“With a deep appreciation for the Newcastle community and the significance of its football club, we have come to the decision to withdraw our interest in acquiring Newcastle United Football Club.

“We do so with regret, as we were excited and fully committed to invest in the great city of Newcastle and believe we could have returned the club to the position of its history, tradition and fans’ merit.

“Ultimately, during the unforeseeably prolonged process, the commercial agreement between the Investment Group and the club’s owners expired and our investment thesis could not be sustained, particularly with no clarity as to the circumstances under which the next season will start and the new norms that will arise for matches, training and other activities”

The news ends speculation over Steve Bruce’s future as Magpies manager, and will see Newcastle start next season with a similar budget to the one they had this campaign.

Newcastle fans around the globe are furious at the Premier League’s lack of communication throughout the owners and directors test, which was expected to be complete after a maximum of four weeks.

The test began in April.

MP writes to Premier League over slow Newcastle takeover

Member of Parliament for Jarrow, Kate Osborne, has claimed the Premier League’s delay in approving the takeover has caused ‘mental anguish’ in her constituency.

The consortium involved in the prospective acquisition of the Magpies, which involves Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers as well as the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, are awaiting the result of the Premier League’s owners and directors test.

The proposed £300m deal for the club has been in the pipeline since April, and the delay in communication from the Premier League has caused annoyance and concern among some Newcastle fans.