The buyout of Newcastle by Saudi Arabia could lead to serious investments from the English club during the next winter transfer window. The names of several international stars are already giving rise to many rumors, such as Mauro Icardi or Philippe Coutinho.
Penultimate in the Premier League with only three points in seven games, Newcastle should quickly change dimension after the takeover of 80% of the English club by a consortium led by Saudi Arabia and its sovereign wealth fund.
In addition to a first check estimated at 350 million euros to take control of the Magpies, the Gulf country could invest nearly 220 million euros to strengthen the team during the next winter transfer window. And several prestigious targets are already agitating the press all over Europe.
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Two PSG players in the sights
Anxious to quickly become a competitor to the regulars of the Big 4 in the Premier League, Newcastle will first have to think about saving his head in the elite of English football. Still awaiting a first victory in the league, the Magpies should first try to attract names in search of playing time or anxious to give a new career.
Barred by the Mbappé-Messi-Neymar trio at PSG, Mauro Icardi is content with a replacement role with the Ile-de-France club in Ligue 1 or the Champions League. According to information from AS newspaper, Newcastle and their new owners could try their luck to convince the Argentine striker to commit to their project. Now in competition with Gianluigi Donnarumma in Parisian goals, Keylor Navas would also appeal to the new shareholders of the Premier League club. Still we would have to convince PSG to let go of two players well integrated into the workforce of Mauricio Pochettino.
Players in search of revival
Deprived of the European Cup since the 2012-2013 season and a quarter-final in the Europa League, Newcastle is not a benchmark in terms of performance in recent seasons. Difficult in such a situation to welcome international stars in top form.
But the Magpies could well seek to revive renowned players whose careers have come to a halt. Across the Channel, the medium Talksport and the Newcastle Chronicle have identified several players likely to give in to the Saudi sirens.
With just four appearances this season for Manchester United, Edinson Cavani could be one of them. A time mentioned on the side of Real Madrid or Barcelona, the Uruguayan striker would welcome a new challenge. Ditto for Philippe Coutinho, whose adventure in Barcelona has been a terrible fiasco since his transfer in January 2018.
Free in June 2023, the Brazilian could be sold by Barcelonans in search of liquidity and eager to save his salary. The international auriverde with 63 caps would find the Premier League where he shone so much with Liverpool between 2013 and 2018.
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If the recruitment of a major defender does not seem to be a priority for the new owners, the name of Kalidou Koulibaly comes back with insistence in England. Under contract until 2023, the 30-year-old Senegalese could bring back a nice check to his club Napoli. Finally, among the names regularly cited in the European media, that of Gareth Bale arouses a lot of envy and questions. Free next June, the Welshman could agree to leave Real and return to the Premier League. Provided, of course, to offer him a nice salary and an ambitious project.
A legend on the bench?
It also remains to be seen which coach will be responsible for guiding this new-look Newcastle. Currently in office, Steve Bruce does not have too many illusions about his future and rumors are rife about the name of his designated successor. The priority of Saudi owners would be named Antonio Conte. Without a club since leaving Inter Milan during the offseason, the Italian manager would not say no to a new experience in the Premier League after two years at Chelsea between 2016 and 2018.
Among the other avenues put forward by the British press, the Magpies would think of Frank Lampard whose adventure in Chelsea ended precipitously. Attractive on the side of Scotland and Rangers, Steven Gerrard would also be likely to launch his English career at Newcastle. Still it would be necessary that the former glory of Liverpool no longer have the hope of quickly succeeding Jürgen Klopp at the Reds. More than two months from the opening of the winter transfer window on January 1, rumors and fantasies are likely to multiply around Newcastle.