Premier League news: Takeover update, Newcastle United & England defender admits Manchester United interest

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The latest Premier League news from around the league.

While the Euro’s may be dominating headlines at international level, there is still plenty of news from around the Premier League.

We take a closer look at some developments from rival clubs in the top flight.

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Everton could be moving closer towards a takeover

There are fresh reports Everton could be closer to a takeover, amid reports Dan Friedkin has earned exclusivity to complete a takeover of the club.

After 777 Partners’ purchase inevitably collapsed, there were several parties interested in buying Farhad Moshiri’s 94% majority stake. But Moshiri has reportedly selected Friedkin ahead of the likes of local businessmen Andy Bell and George Downing, MSP Sports Capital and a consortium involving a Saudi royal.

Newcastle United and England defender admits Man Utd interest

Kieran Trippier has admitted he was ‘very close’ to joining Manchester United ahead of joining Newcastle United in January 2022. Trippier became Newcastle United’s first signing following the takeover of the club when he joined from Atletico Madrid for £12m in January 2022.

Speaking to Gary Neville on the Overlap, Trippier revealed why he made the decision to leave Madrid and return to England. He said: “When I was in Madrid, the season before I left was a tough year for me for numerous reasons. I just wanted to come back to England. My family were finding it a bit difficult at the time.

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“I could have stayed at Madrid, I could have signed a new three-year contract at Madrid. Simeone in the car park the day I was leaving didn’t want me to go. But it was the right thing to do at the right time for my family and as players you have to be realistic about where you can go. I wasn’t going to go and sign for [Manchester] City or Liverpool so I knew I was restricted to certain clubs.”

He added: “[Manchester] United was straight after the Euros and that was very close. Obviously growing up being a red along with all my family, but it didn’t happen. Everything happens for a reason.

“It just fell away really. Ole was manager at the time and everything seemed perfect, I was absolutely chuffed because it’s Manchester United, the biggest club in the world. It didn’t happen and I was back at Madrid - which isn’t a bad place to go back to!

“Six months later I was at Newcastle. Everyone raised their eyebrows and claimed ‘he’s going for the money’, ‘he’s going for this [reason], but I’ve made it clear many times I took less money at Newcastle than I did at Madrid. I didn’t have a relegation clause, even the position we were in, I trusted the manager and that was a key factor in why I came.” 

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