Spanish Authorities Negotiate 6-Year Deal for Supercup to Be Held in Saudi Arabia

?The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) are close to agreeing on a deal which will see the Supercopa de España held in Saudi Arabia from 2020.

Much like with England’s Community Shield, the Supercopa de España sees winners of the previous season’s La Liga and Copa del Rey go up against each other as the curtain raiser ahead of the new league campaign.

Between 1982 and 2017 it was held over two legs, but the competition switched to a one-game format this year, where Barcelona snatched a win over Sevilla at the Grand Stade de Tanger in Morocco.


But the Supercopa de España could now be played even further from Spain, according to Marca, as the RFEF are in talks with Saudi Arabia’s government which will see the competition held in the Middle East until 2026.

It’s claimed that the deal, which has to be approved later this month for it to come into effect next year, will be worth €30m per season.

Talks between the two parties haven’t reached the final stretch, and Marca adds that the Spanish Football Federation’s headquarters could even change location as part of the eventual deal.

The possibility of holding games far away will be nothing new for Spanish football fans, as La Liga president Javier Tebas has previously put forward plans to hold a match in North America every season.

The league’s growth across the Atlantic has most recently come in the form of a youth academy in Miami, while there are also similar plans for a new project in Asia.


Paulo Dybala & Federico Bernardeschi Pictured in New Juventus Kit in Leaked Photos

Images have emerged online which show Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi modelling what appears to be Juventus’ new kit for the 2019/20 season.

Back in March, the design began ?surfacing on social media, and the two star forwards can be seen sporting this very shirt in the latest leaked photos.

The ever-reliable ?Footy Headlines state that the new kit, which has yet to be officially confirmed by ?Juventus, will signal a drastic change from what fans have been used to in the past.

The iconic black-and-white stripes have been done away with, and replaced by just two solid blocks of colour, separated by a bold pink stripe.

Should this design prove to be the official shirt for next season, it would mark the first time since 1903 that the ?Serie A side will not sport the traditional black-and-white striped design.

In recent years, the classic pinstripe design has been gradually fazed out, and it appears Juventus are now prepared to take the plunge by removing the stripes altogether.

The shirt is complimented by plain black shorts, which have subtle white accents to show the logos of both Adidas and the club. The same can be said for the socks, although they boast a pink stripe of their own across the shins.

The shirt has divided opinion online, with the back of the kit drawing particular criticism. There remains just two blocks of black and white, but there is a black square covering some of the white side, to ensure that player names and numbers remain visible. Many have claimed that it looks awkward and poorly designed.


The current design will always be remembered as the shirt which brought Juventus their record-breaking eighth consecutive league title, and fans will certainly be hoping that the new design will bring similar good fortunes for next season.


Callum Hudson-Odoi ‘Refusing’ to Be Rushed Into Making a Decision on His Chelsea Future

?Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi is refusing to be rushed into a decision over his long-term future at the club following an Achilles injury which he picked up against Burnley.

The 18-year-old is expected to miss at least six months of football due to the injury, something which will have a knock-on effect over a potential move away from Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Hudson-Odoi has been linked with a handful of clubs in Germany as he edges closer to the final year of his contract, although it’s unknown if any were planning to improve on Bayern Munich’s £35m offer during the January transfer window. 

The Daily Mail adds that while Chelsea are continuing to try and persuade Hudson-Odoi into signing a new contract, the England international is refusing to be pressured into putting pen to paper in west London.

As well as attracting interest from Bavaria – Bayern’s Hasan Salihamidži? has publicly talked up the club’s interest in Hudson-Odoi – he is also believed to be on the radar of Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig.

Dortmund have the most impressive case study for successful English signings in Jadon Sancho, a close friend of Hudson-Odoi’s, while Leipzig have previously worked with Everton’s Ademola Lookman and currently have Emile Smith Rowe on loan from Arsenal.

There have been no major updates as to what the Bundesliga clubs will now do following Hudson-Odoi’s injury, but the teenage winger appears eager to keep his options open instead of rushing into a new contract at Chelsea.


Dennis Praet Targeted by Arsenal as Search for Aaron Ramsey Replacement Continues

?Arsenal have revived their interest in U.C. Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet as a like for like replacement for Aaron Ramsey this summer.

The Wales international will join Juventus on a free transfer at the end of the season after his contract in north London was allowed to run down, but the club will look to snap up one of Serie A’s brightest midfielders to fill Ramsey’s boots.

Corriere dello Sport (via The Metro) claim that Arsenal will finally make a move for Praet at the end of the season, some five years after he first appeared on their radar under Arsène Wenger’s tenure.

Dennis Praet

The Belgian playmaker was on the books at Anderlecht when he first found himself being scouted by Europe’s biggest clubs, but it wasn’t until 2016 that Praet secured his transfer to one of the top five leagues in a £9m move to Sampdoria.

At the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Praet spent two years playing alongside Lucas Torreira before the Uruguayan got his move to north London in 2018.

Having stagnated slightly at Anderlecht, Praet’s stock is once again on the rise and Arsenal are interested in landing the midfielder to replace Ramsey.

The only caveat for the Gunners, however, is that they would likely have to qualify for the Champions League in order to fund the move as manager Unai Emery’s current budget is rumoured to be roughly £40m.

They’re currently one point behind Chelsea in fourth place, but Arsenal do have a game in hand (against Wolves on Wednesday) over the Blues.


Chris Hughton Admits Brighton Are Feeling Pressure of Relegation Battle After Spurs Defeat

?Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has admitted that his side have put themselves under pressure for the remainder of the season, following their 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday.

The Seagulls sat deep and focused on keeping a clean sheet, with both Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk putting on a masterclass in defending. However, Spurs piled on the pressure, and Christian Eriksen’s 88th-minute winner ensured Brighton went home empty handed.

Speaking to ?BBC Sport after the game, Hughton insisted that the result was tough to take, but they must now bounce back against ?Newcastle United on Saturday.

He said: “There are some games where you think the other team are going to open you up and the longer the game went they were pushing bodies forward but I thought we were going to get a point.

“We had opportunities to manage the game better at the end and those are the details that are crucial against a team of the quality of ?Tottenham.

Heung-Min Son,Yves Bissouma

“That pressure is something we’ve put on ourselves. We’ve got three games and we have to make sure we get enough points to secure our status in this division. The pressure comes with the territory and we’ll have to deal with it.”

The result leaves ?Brighton 18th in the ?Premier League table, just three points above ?Cardiff City and the relegation zone. Winning games has proven to be difficult in recent weeks, and the Seagulls have failed to score in over 11 hours of football.

Lewis Dunk

Hughton admitted that his side have a real problem, saying: “We’ve found it difficult in the opposition half and the final third. What we have done is got back to ourselves in terms of resilience. 

“We’ve never been big goalscorers but in whichever way we can we need to get it somehow and we have an opportunity at home against Newcastle on Saturday.”