Written By Jacobs Dunga 

A new turn of event at the club has seen the deals called off.

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Stefano Pioli left AC Milan at the end of last season after five years at the club.

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The Italian manager then got into a discussion with Saudi Pro League side Al Ittihad.

Discussions progressed and a deal was agreed for the 58 year old to replace Marcelo Gallardo.

Everything was done for the transfer and just the official signing and presentation remaining.

However, president Loay Nazer’s decision to step down has put every discussion to a stop, meaning the deal is potentially now off, reports Fabrizio Romano.

The search for a new coach now restarts for the Jeddah based club due to the change of leadership.


In the same vein, Belgian defender Arthur Theate will not be joining Al Ittihad from Stade Rennes.

Everything was also agreed for the 24 year old to make the switch until the president’s resignation.

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Theate was set for medical examinations after which he was meant to sign his contact with the club.

All previous transfer plans have now been abandoned with operations set for when a new president is elected.

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