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Newcastle ‘ready to smash transfer record with £121m offer for Ciro Immobile’ as Saudis look for marquee signing

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NEWCASTLE are reportedly ready to break the bank in a move for Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile.

A bid totalling £121million is being formulated, according to reports in Italy, for the 30-year-old Lazio striker.

 Immobile has smashed over 100 goals in less than four years at Lazio
Immobile has smashed over 100 goals in less than four years at Lazio

With the Toon hoping to finally seal the deal on a £300m takeover of the club by a Saudi Arabian-led consortium, many expect a huge spending spree to follow.

And La Gazzetta dello Sport name Immobile as their latest target.

Should the takeover go through, they believe Newcastle will bid £50m for the Italian international, who has 27 goals in Serie A this season.

He will then be offered a £71m five-year contract, worth £275,000-a-week, to make the move to Tyneside.

A similar long-term deal, worth roughly half that, is thought to be on the table at Lazio.

The Aquile have enjoyed a fantastic season with Immobile leading a title challenge against reigning champions Juventus.

Even if that bid fails, they should at least have Champions League football to offer their star forward next season after over a decade away from the competition.

Newcastle are said to be prioritising their attack in the event they are able to splash the cash this summer.

Philippe Coutinho and Xherdan Shaqiri are just two names featuring in rumours around the club.

Securing a new centre-forward is also thought to be a priority after the difficult debut campaign experienced by £40m record signing Joelinton, who has just three goals to his name.

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Jamie Carragher says Man Utd’s midfield of Pogba, Fernandes and Van de Beek could be a WEAKNESS

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Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United‘s new-look midfield trio may struggle to stop counter-attacks at the beginning of this new season. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were stunned on Saturday night in their Premier League opener, slumping to a 3-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace

The midfield pairing of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes flourished at the back-end of last season but with the arrival of Donny van de Beek for £40m this summer, former Liverpool centre back Carragher has his doubts about the defensive capabilities of that particular trio.  

Jamie Carragher has raised concerns about the make-up of Man United's new-look midfield

Jamie Carragher has raised concerns about the make-up of Man United’s new-look midfield 

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Paul Pogba started for United on Saturday but was substituted for Donny van de Beek 

Star January signing Bruno Fernandes has impressed since his arrival at Old Trafford

Star January signing Bruno Fernandes has impressed since his arrival at Old Trafford

‘Towards the end of last season United were playing really well and they’ll get back to that,’ Carragher told Sky Sports on Monday night. 

‘I’m not convinced this team, who have now become a more possession-based team since Fernandes has come in, Pogba is in centre of midfield, the more possession you have the more chance you can get counter attacked, that midfield for me is not right. 

‘You’ve got Van de Beek in the No 10 who came on, Fernandes went back. I think that team will be far too easy to counter attack against.’

Ex-Ajax midfielder Van de Beek was a second-half substitute at Old Trafford and scored on his debut to hand a lifeline to the hosts.

Van de Beek's late goal on debut was not enough to trigger a United comeback on Saturday

Van de Beek’s late goal on debut was not enough to trigger a United comeback on Saturday 

But Palace star Wilfried Zaha took advantage of space in front of the United back four to score his second of the game and put the match to bed. 

‘This is Crystal Palace – good as a counter attacking team but don’t have some of the quality that some of the top teams have at the top end of the pitch,’ Carragher added.

‘And if I’m proven wrong I’ll come on this show and say so but for me, with the pace at centre back and how open they are in the centre of midfield – Manchester United are going to have a real problem stopping teams counter-attacking.’ 

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Manchester City face a tricky first match of the season away to Wolves in the Premier League on Monday night. 

Pep Guardiola‘s side travel to Molineux after being granted a longer break following their exploits in the Champions League last season, which saw their campaign carry over into mid-August. 

Yet Wolves, who not only beat Sheffield United in their first game of the season last week, also memorably did the double over City last season. 

Sportsmail will provide all the team news, build-up and live commentary from Molineux, with kick-off at 8:15pm!  

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Guineas winner Kameko to drop back to mile in Friday’s Joel Stakes and take on Benbatl

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KAMEKO is to be sent into battle once more in Friday’s Group 2 Joel Stakes.

Andrew Balding’s Guineas winner will drop back to a mile at Newmarket after his Juddmonte International fourth at York.

Kameko is set to return to the scene of his famous Guineas win

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Kameko is set to return to the scene of his famous Guineas winCredit: PA:Press Association

And his trainer thinks it could bring out the best in him as he is set to clash with Saeed bin Suroor’s Benbatl.

Champion Jockey Oisin Murphy will have to hop off Benbatl to ride Qatar Racing’s Kameko and it means Frankie Dettori gets the call up on Suroor’s star.

Balding told Sun Racing: “The plan’s to go to Newmarket as we need to get a run in before Champions Day.

“He had a hard race at York, but he’s back to his best now at home.

“He’s back to a mile now and that’s a positive I think. His Guineas win was clearly his standout effort and his Sussex Stakes run was probably next best.

“We were running out of places to go but this race works well and while he has to carry a penalty against some smart horses, we’re hopeful.”

Coral make Benbatl the 3-1 favourite with Kameko a 7-2 chance and James Tate’s Top Rank 5-1.

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Coral Bet:

Benbatl 3-1

Kameko 7-2

Top Rank 5-1

Tilsit 6-1

Regal Reality 8-1

Dark Vision 12-1

Global Giant 12-1

Sir Busker 12-1

Meanwhile stablemate Tactical will take his chance in Saturday’s Group 1 Middle Park Stakes.

Balding added: “He got stuck in the ground a bit in France.

“His previous form has worked out well though and he should bounce back on a better surface.

“It’s another red-hot race but we’ve always liked this horse and he’s a Royal Ascot and a July Stakes winner.”

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