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One of Newcastle’s top coaching targets will reportedly snub the cashed-up Magpies, while they’ve turned to a former Liverpool transfer guru to oversee their expected cash splash.

Meanwhile, the Reds are targeting a cut-price or even free deal for a benched Barcelona young gun, and a Juventus star has been labelled ‘untouchable’ despite interest from Liverpool and Chelsea among other top teams.

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CONTE NOT KEEN ON MAGPIES AS TRANSFER PLANS REVEALED

Newcastle’s mega-money takeover is set to revive their fortunes, with a huge transfer spend as well as a revitalisation of their academy, training grounds, and stadium all in the works (more on that below).

Coach Steve Bruce has already revealed he has little hope of remaining as manager following the takeover, with Steven Gerrard of Rangers and Graham Potter of Brighton both heavily favoured to take the reins.

But ex-Chelsea, Inter Milan and Juventus boss Antonio Conte is not interested in taking on the job of guiding the rebuild, instead hoping to take charge of an immediate contender.

That’s according to The Sun who say the recent Serie A winner with Inter is not interested in a long-term project to take the struggling Premier League club back to the top.

Conte was one of the top contenders for the gig given he is currently without a club. Whoever replaces Bruce, he’ll be set for a £8 million payout if he’s axed now, per The Telegraph.

Meanwhile, Newcastle’s new owners are looking at the services of transfer expert Frank McPartland to guide their squad overhaul, according to iNews.

McPartland is a recruitment specialist with a vast body of work with Liverpool, Watford, Brentford, Burnley and Rangers. His career has also seen him work as a director of football and academy director – which will both be crucial roles as Newcastle seek to turn things around from the ground up.

But he has most recently been working as an independent football consultant and could also take on a short-term role while the club looks for a new director of football.

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The club’s new part-owner Amanda Staveley has spoken about the club’s ‘great ambitions’ in an interview with The Sun.

“We are in the market to compete for world-class players,” she said.

“We have great ambitions — I hope it’s going to be a game changer for Newcastle United.

“But if you don’t put the infrastructure around that world-class player and you don’t have a team that can play with him, you’ll get nowhere.”

The club has already been linked to a huge array of top talents since the takeover.

That includes was Man Utd quartet Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Donny van de Beek and Eric Bailly, with Lingard top of the list.

Now Barcelona attacking midfielder Phillipe Coutinho and Paris Saint-Germain duo Mauro Icardi (also wanted by Tottenham and Juventus) and Keylor Navas have been heavily rumoured as top targets.

Then there’s Ciro Immobile and Napoli centre back Kalidou Koulibaly – the latter having been rumoured to be a target of a number of top Premier League clubs for some years.

But the very first signing could be Burnley defender James Tarkowski in January, according to The Telegraph.

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DUMPED DEMBELE IN DEMAND

Ousmane Dembele was meant to be Barcelona’s replacement for Neymar when the French starlet signed from Borussia Dortmund for a fraction less than £100 million back in 2017.

But recurring injuries have hampered the talented attacker’s time at Camp Nou, and he is now on the final year of his contract.

Barcelona have dumped him from the first team and reportedly won’t let him return to action if he doesn’t extend his contract – while they are asking the 24-year-old to take a pay cut from his current package of £200,000-a-week.

Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City as well as Bayern Munich and Juventus have all been strongly linked to a bid for the player in the past, and the transfer battle looks set to heat up in January.

TEAMtalk reports that all three of the Premier League clubs have been in contact with his agents over a potential cut-price deal or even a free transfer in January, as cash-strapped Barcelona looks to offload his hefty wage bill if they are resigned to losing him for free when his contract expires at the end of he campaign.

Dembele has also been rumoured with a move to Newcastle in January, in what could be one of their first big-name arrivals.

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JUVE GUN ‘UNTOUCHABLE’

Italian rising star Federico Chiesa, who put on a breakout performance at the Euro 2020 competition to help lead his country to triumph, has been linked to some of the world’s greatest clubs including Liverpool and Chelsea in recent weeks, as well as German heavyweights Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

But it appears Juventus have shut down any talks of a possible transfer, according to Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

He tweeted: “Despite rumours about Liverpool, Chelsea and German clubs interest, Juventus have no intention of considering offers/approaches for Federico Chiesa. He’s “key part” of the project and untouchable.”

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Socceroos aiming for 12 wins in a row in clash with Japan

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Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has expressed sympathy for his Japan counterpart and former teammate Hajime Moriyasu, who is facing the sack if Australia beats the Samurai Blue on Tuesday night in Saitama.

The Socceroos are high on confidence as they aim to extend their record for successive wins in a single FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign to 12.

In contrast, Japan has lost two of its past three matches and already sits six points behind leaders Australia in Group B in the third round of Asian Football Confederation qualifiers for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

Japan is six points second-placed Saudi Arabia, with only the top teams from Groups A and B automatically qualifying for the World Cup.

Reports out of Japan have suggested the job of Moriyasu, who was a teammate of Arnold’s at Sanfrecce Hiroshima in 1997 and 1998, is on the line.

“It just shows you how fickle coaching is,” Arnold said.

“He’s a fantastic guy … Moriyasu’s done a great job with Japan (but) a couple of losses, and that’s (what) the situation of coaching can be.

“It’s exactly the same for me. That’s why I’m just enjoying one game at a time, one camp at a time and enjoying what I’m doing at the moment.”

Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu is under pressure. Picture: AFP
Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu is under pressure. Picture: AFPSource: AFP

Japan’s recent losses to Oman and Saudi Arabia haven’t surprised Arnold, who is well aware of the recent overall improvements to the standards of Asian football.

“There’s a lot of people that underestimate the quality of a lot of the Asian sides. Every game, you have to be fully focused and you have to be fully ready,” he said.

“You can’t take any opposition lightly at all and for me, that’s what I’ve been driving here with the boys – it’s one game at a time, don’t look beyond, forget the past quickly and be ready for the next game because every team has strengths in Asia.”

Arnold is set to make a couple of changes to the starting team behind Australia’s 3-1 win over Oman in Doha last Friday morning.

“There will be a couple of fresh-leg changes for this game. We’ve got to keep that energy up and the boys who have recovered really well that played the other night will play, (while) the ones who (have recovered) little bit less, we’ll probably make a few fresh-leg changes (for them),” he said.

Graham Arnold is happy with the contribution of Adam Taggart (right) despite the striker’s recent lack of international goals. Picture: Mohamed Farag / Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Whether that means a change in attack is unknown, but Arnold still has plenty of faith in striker Adam Taggart, who unlike fellow attackers Martin Boyle, Awer Mabil and Mitch Duke, is finding it tough to score.

“I’m very happy with him,” Arnold said of the Japan-based former Perth Glory, Newcastle Jets and Brisbane Roar marksman.

“I’ve had a couple of conversations with him. Sometimes he gets himself in a way that it’s all about the goalscoring side of it.

“For me, it’s not. If you have a number nine (centre-forward) who is working hard for the team, is the first line of defence, is making assists, helping with the combination play in and around the penalty box and leading by example up front, then in my view he’s doing a fantastic job.”

Matchday 4: Japan v Australia

Tuesday, October 12

Saitama Stadium, Saitama, Japan

Kick-off: 9.14pm (AEDT)

Broadcast: Live on 10 Bold and 10 Play – pre-game coverage from 8.30pm (AEDT)

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England boss Gareth Southgate warns English managers as Newcastle set to sack Steve Bruce

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Gareth Southgate has offered some advice to English managers.

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