Newcastle's prospective owners 'want to make Coutinho first signing'

Newcastle’s prospective Saudi owners ‘want to make £70m Philippe Coutinho their first signing’ if takeover goes through and Mauricio Pochettino is appointed with Toon set to rival Chelsea for Barcelona outcast

  • Reports in Spain suggest Newcastle are interested in signing Philippe Coutinho
  • Barcelona outcast is available for £70m and likely to return to Premier League
  • Newcastle’s £300m takeover by Saudi investors is being scrutinised by league
  • But their wealth would be transformative for Newcastle in the transfer market
  • Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is mooted as their new boss 

Newcastle United ‘want to make Philippe Coutinho their statement signing’ if their Saudi takeover is completed and Mauricio Pochettino is installed as manager.

The £300million deal, backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, is awaiting the approval of the Premier League but has been held up following Qatar’s broadcast piracy allegations.

Assuming the takeover goes through, Newcastle’s spending power would be transformed with former Tottenham manager Pochettino seen as the man to deliver a potential title challenge.

Philippe Coutinho, currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona, is reportedly attracting interest from Newcastle United, who are set to have new Saudi owners

Coutinho’s potential Newcastle switch features on the front cover of Mundo Deportivo 

Ex-Tottenham manager Pochettino is reportedly edging closer to the Newcastle hotseat

And, according to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Brazilian star Coutinho could be on his way to St James’ Park as one of Newcastle’s first signings.

Barcelona wish to sell Coutinho to raise funds to buy Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez and potentially Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain.

Valued at around £70million, Coutinho has been linked with Chelsea and Leicester City but Mundo Deportivo believe Newcastle could swoop in.

Yasir Al-Rumayyan – one of Saudi Arabia’s key figures – is set to be Newcastle’s new chairman

Should the takeover go through, Amanda Staveley (second right) will also take a stake

Coutinho, 27, moved from Liverpool to Barcelona for an initial fee of £105m potentially rising to £142m in January 2018.

But he has struggled to make an impact at the Nou Camp and is currently on loan at Bayern Munich in Germany, who have no intention of making the move permanent.

Pochettino, the former Tottenham boss, actually coached Coutinho in 2012 when the Brazilian was on loan at Espanyol from Inter Milan.

Mundo report that Barcelona are unwilling to budge on their valuation as they wish to recoup as much of their 2018 outlay as possible on a player contracted until 2023.

Newcastle’s vast new wealth would also be able to comfortably afford the expense.

Barcelona value Coutinho at £70million and he has attracted interest from the Premier League

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