Who could new Newcastle chiefs target to usher in their new era?
Newcastle’s £300m takeover opens the door to a new calibre of transfer target as Saudi owners worth £320bn could splash the cash… but from a Barcelona star to a 29-goal hotshot, who could they realistically sign?
- Newcastle United are set for new ownership with access to inordinate funds
- With the consortium targeting success on the pitch, new signings are a must
- Their ambition at St James’ Park will make a move a more attractive prospect
The imminent takeover at Newcastle United has fuelled talk of the club once again challenging at the top of the Premier League.
With the inordinate amount of wealth accessible by the consortium set to take charge at St James’ Park – the Saudi Public Investment Fund is worth a reported £320billion – talk has turned to the potential transfer kitty that will be available come the next transfer window.
While the factors of Financial Fair Play and a depressed market may make dealings far from straightforward, it will not stop the club from drawing up a wishlist.
While some names, being bandied about appear a little far-fetched, Sportsmail have concocted a list of existing potential targets who could be on the club’s radar come the summer.
Newcastle are on the verge of a £300m takeover, led by the Saudi Public Investment Fund
OK, so this one probably does fall into the far-fetched category – but reports on Arturo Vidal this week are a good illustration of the pulling power Newcastle’s new owners could bring to the club.
A story in Mundo Deportivo this week claimed the Chilean was taken by the ‘very attractive growth plan’, one that would be even more appealing should they appoint his former boss Massimiliano Allegri.
While that appears a long way off for now – it is understood that current boss Steve Bruce will keep his job when the new owners are confirmed – the prospect of landing genuine big-name stars is but a pipe dream.
However, Vidal’s positive noises to the project show that the footballing world is sitting up and taking notice of what is stirring in the north east.
Arturo Vidal has reportedly expressed an interest in joining Newcastle due to the new regime
The one that got away in January, Newcastle had a £35million bid accepted by Lille for the midfielder, only for the 21-year-old to reject the move.
Steve Bruce revealed at the time: ‘We had a bid accepted that would have nearly got us to our record transfer eight days ago, but the player wanted to stay where he was.
‘He was our No 1 target and unfortunately, we couldn’t do it.’
Bruce hinted at the time the club would be back for the France Under-21 international in the summer.
Given the changes in circumstance that is now almost certain. Those changes could also yield a different outcome this time around, too.
Boubakary Soumare turned down the chance to move to St James’ Park in January
John McGinn has garnered plenty of interest following an eye-catching first season in the Premier League with Aston Villa.
The level of clubs – and fees – being mentioned in the same breath as the Scotland midfielder meant Newcastle were firmly out of the picture. That is no longer the case.
As composed and sure-footed as anyone in the centre of the park this season, he is the type of player Bruce’s side have been craving to give them more control over matches.
An ankle fracture before Christmas has curtailed his involvement in Villa’s season – and coincided with their decent towards the foot of the table.
But injury is unlikely to put off Newcastle, or any suitor, should he become available.
John McGinn has been linked with a move away from Aston Villa at the end of the season
One of the most glaring omissions from Newcastle’s squad this season has been an out-and-out goalscorer.
The club spent £40m in the summer on Joelinton, but the Brazilian has proven to be a major disappointment, scoring just one league goal to date.
Providing a more permanent source of goals will be one of the main areas to address and Emmanuel Dennis could fit that bill.
Impressing for Club Brugge in Europe this season – scoring twice at the Bernabeu as well as against Manchester United in the Europa League – the centre forward does only have five league goals to his name in Belgium’s top flight this term.
The change in ownership at Newcastle means they will easily be able to fend off competition from other Premier League clubs. The only question remains, do they still want him?
Emmanuel Dennis impressed for Club Brugge across European competitions this season
If it is prolific strikers Newcastle are looking for, this may be more up their street.
Alfredo Morelos has been racking up interest with his performances for Rangers this season – both domestically and on the continent.
Grabbing 29 goals in 46 appearances so far during this campaign, the Colombian has been the driving force behind their remarkable run to the last-16 of the Europa League – scoring 14 times on the continent.
There are question marks over the 23-year-old’s temperament, with the forward having already received two red cards in the Premiership as well as a suspension for picking up three yellows in the group stages.
It is still a marked improvement from a disciplinary point of view from the previous season, and if he can mature further at St James’ Park, he could be a sound piece of business.
Alfredo Morelos has garnered a great deal of interest with his displays north of the border
P.S. There’s one they need to re-sign, too…
Before delving into the transfer market, there is one bit of business in-house that supporters, and the new owners themselves, would like to be seen to.
Matty Longstaff announced himself on the scene in some style this season when handed his chance by Bruce – grabbing the winner in the 1-0 victory over Manchester United back in October.
The 20-year-old has shown promise in the middle of the park, alongside his brother Sean, but currently finds himself out of contract in the summer.
That had put several of Europe’s top clubs on alert – including both Inter and AC Milan – however, it appears the option of staying put is once again on the table.
It has been reported that Longstaff would be ‘keen’ on a new deal when the takeover is done and few pieces of business would be more welcome by the Toon faithful.
Matty Longstaff could be open to staying at St James’ Park under the new ownership
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