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Government influence on Saudi takeover revealed, more injury frustration, Mudryk linked again

Matt · Monday 26th September 2022
Government influence on Saudi takeover revealed, more injury frustration, Mudryk linked again


Guardian exposes government connection to takeover

  • The paper reveals that Lord Gerry Grimstone, then Minister for Investment, conversed with Premier League officials about finding a solution to the delayed takeover
  • Documents released show Grimstone promising a response from the 'highest levels of Saudi government'
  • The matter of the Kingdom's control over PIF, and therefore needing to undertake the PL's Owners and Directors Test, was at the heart of the issues
  • A 2020 memo showed Grimstone claiming that a solution needed to be found to 'solve the conundrum' of the Kingdom hypothetically failing the test on piracy grounds
  • The proposed solutions were redacted from the memos
  • In response to questions from the Guardian, Grimstone said: “I made it very clear to [then PL Chairman] Mr Hoffman that my only role was to facilitate the passing of ideas between the PIF and EPL and that in no way did I seek to prejudice the EPL’s complete autonomy in this matter."

Isak knackered

  • Luke Edwards tweeted today that Swedish striker will be out for a few weeks
  • Wilson will be back for Fulham; Saint-Maximin is touch-and-go
  • Bruno should be okay and his Instagram story revealed him in the club gym today
  • No updates on Chris Wood's issues
  • Chronicle's evening summary
  • Craig Hope:

Mudryk links continue

  • Mark Douglas claims that United are considering £50million bid for Shakhtar winger
  • Player has scored twice so far this season, both in the Champions League
  • Ciaran Kelly on other transfer business, with an old colleague of Howe's reiterating the boss' desire you sign the right characters

Other stuff

  • Speculation that United have oversold tickets for Fulham and some fans are being asked to choose another away game of their choice
  • Club hire data analyst Andrew Forrester
  • Happy birthday, Paul Dummett
  • Jake Humphrey teases Eddie Howe podcast, due 17th October
  • Nick Pope started again for England tonight in their latest Nations League tie versus Germany
  • Nice assist from wor Shay on this day 24 years ago: