REVEALED: Antonio Conte’s decision over Newcastle job

Antonio Conte would likely reject the chance of leading Newcastle’s Saudi-backed assault on the top of English football, according to The Sun.

The £300million PIF takeover at St James’ Park has left Steve Bruce’s position as manager hanging by a thread.

The new board led by financier Amanda Staveley are believed to be looking around for the right person to turn the club into serious challengers for the Premier League.

And ex-Chelsea boss Conte has been one of the most obvious candidates given he is available as a free agent immediately.

Conte’s CV is remarkable at club level having won titles with Juventus, Chelsea and last season Inter Milan.

Given Newcastle’s new might in terms of transfer spending power, they could easily offer the kind of backing the Italian usually demands in the transfer market to do his job.

But The Sun understands the 52-year-old’s current position is that his next job will need to be at a club who are already in a position to genuinely challenge for titles.

REVEALED: Whopping amount Cristiano Ronaldo earns per post on Instagram

Cristiano Ronaldo earns a whopping £1.5million per Instagram post – more than seven times the next best Premier League star.

The Manchester United, 36, is a global icon and uses his huge influence to promote brands across his social media.

And with 353m Instagram followers, the most of any person on the app, he is able to charge companies up to £1,505,000 for a single post.

So sharing one sponsored ad per month would earn Ronaldo more than £18m per year – or a weekly post would pocket him a staggering £78.2m.

That places him way out in front as the No1 on the Premier League Instagram rich list, according to research.

Marcos Alonso provides Saul update at Chelsea, heaps praise on Thomas Tuchel

Marcos Alonso is adamant that Saul Niguez will turn out to be ‘very good’ for Chelsea despite his slow start at Stamford Bridge.

The 26-year-old has initially joined the Champions League holders on a season-long loan deal from Atletico Madrid on deadline day.

But the midfielder has struggled to make an impact under Thomas Tuchel as he was hauled off at half time during his Premier League debut against Aston Villa last month.

Saul has not made an appearance in the Premier League since his poor performance against Villa, while both Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have brought themselves into contention for a more regular role following their impressive displays in the 3-1 win over Southampton last Saturday.

But Alonso is confident Saul will show signs of improvement.

When asked about Saul’s start at Chelsea, Alonso told Cadena SER, via the Metro: “Well, he’s a newcomer.

“He’s in the adaptation phase, but he’s a great player and he’s going to be very good for us.

Alonso also praised Tuchel for Chelsea’s quick turnaround following Frank Lampard’s departure in January.

“With us, he was able to change the team very quickly and now he wants to continue improving us,’ said the left-back.

“We are very pleased with the coach since day one, and to have him around this season.

“I’ve had a lot of great coaches. At the end of the day everyone has their things.

“It is clear that he is a great coach, in the footballing and the personal aspects.

“He reads matches really well, we prepare really well under him. It is an advantage having a coach like that.”

Official: Barcelona to leave Nou Camp

Barcelona will leave the Nou Camp for a YEAR while the stadium is being redeveloped, president Joan Laporta has confirmed.

The planned works will begin in 2022 and could last for as long as FOUR years.

Plans include an increase of 11,000 seats – taking the stadium capacity to 110,000, while surrounding areas including the club store and museum will also be refurbished.

However, for work to commence the cash-strapped club is dependent on a loan.

The Catalan giants are reportedly in talks with investment bank Goldman Sachs, who could agree to the £1.27bn loan – but Barcelona’s members will also have to give the green light.

It would be a big commitment after the club announced losses of £408million this week.

Laporta told Catalan radio Rac1: “‘(The new Camp Nou) is fundamental for the viability of the club and its immediate future.

“The impact it will have for Barca is critical so that we can compete with our competitors who have already done what is needed.

Cristiano Ronaldo tells Manchester United to sign former Chelsea prime target

Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly wants Manchester United to make a move for Juventus winger Federico Chiesa.

In the last summer, Chelsea were said to be keen to bring in the Italian after a fantastic campaign at Euro 2020 that saw his side lift the trophy at Wembley.

But Juventus reportedly rejected Chelsea’s offer worth €100 million outrightly.

And, now, according to Calciomercato, CR7 is eager for the Italian to join him at Old Trafford.

The pair know each other well having been teammates at Juventus.

And Ronaldo is allegedly impressed by what he saw from the 23-year-old.

The two forwards spent one season together at the Allianz Stadium last campaign, with Chiesa netting 15 times and providing 11 assists.

Ronaldo meanwhile contributed 36 goals in all competitions during his final season with Juve.