Newcastle identify Liverpool's Shaqiri as major summer transfer target

Shaq attack! Newcastle identify Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri as a major summer transfer target amid potential £300m takeover

  • Newcastle are interested in signing Xherdan Shaqiri from Liverpool this summer
  • The Switzerland international has been restricted to just 10 games this season 
  • Liverpool will not stand in Shaqiri’s way if a suitable offer is made to sign him
  • Newcastle could press ahead with deal if they are taken over by Saudi Arabia PIF

Newcastle have identified Xherdan Shaqiri as a potential major signing this summer by capitalising on his lack of game time at Liverpool.

Shaqiri, the Switzerland international, was a left-field addition to Jurgen Klopp’s squad two years ago and he played a significant part in his first season at the club, as he helped Liverpool win the Champions League.

It was not so straightforward for Shaqiri in the current campaign, however, as a combination of fitness issues and a lack of starting opportunities have limited him to just 10 appearances – the last of which was as an 89th minute substitute at Tottenham on January 11.

Newcastle have identified Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri as a potential major summer signing

Roma and Sevilla both made enquiries for Shaqiri during the January window but Liverpool were reluctant to let the 28-year-old leave on loan, as they were still involved in three competitions at that particular time.

They will not stand in his way when the new window opens later this year and Newcastle, who are in the process of potentially being taken over by Saudi Arabia PIF, have made contact with his representatives to sound him out over a move to the North-east.

The Switzerland international has been restricted to just 10 appearances so far this season 

Newcastle are in the process of potentially being taken over in a £300million deal led by Saudi Arabia PIF chairman Mohammad bin Salman (right)

Shaqiri, who cost Liverpool £13.5million, has three years remaining on his current terms but he is expected to be part of a cull, particularly as Liverpool signed the similarly versatile Takumi Minamino from Red Bull Salzburg in January. 

Adam Lallana will also leave this summer, with Leicester City hot favourites to sign the England international on a free transfer. There is also interest from Burnley but all the indications are that the 31-year-old will reunite with his former manager Brendan Rodgers.

Lallana’s contract expires on June 30 but it would be inconceivable to think that Liverpool would let a player whom Klopp hugely admires walk away at that date, not least as the campaign is only likely to be just restarting at that date.

There have been no discussions, though, on finalising a short-term extension. Liverpool, as Sportsmail reported on April 2, have taken the stance throughout the coronavirus pandemic that all contractual business will remain on hold until there is clarity about the course of the season.

Liverpool will not stand in Shaqiri’s way if he wants to sign for Newcastle United this summer




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Pochettino gives Newcastle boost declaring he’s ready for "the perfect project"

Mauricio Pochettino has given Newcastle’s prospective new owners a huge boost by declaring he is ready for “the perfect project”.

A host of top clubs are also on alert after the 48-year-old Argentine, sacked by Spurs last November, became a free agent this week with his gardening leave at an end.

Pochettino said: “Always, you dream of the perfect club. The perfect project.

“I’m very open to waiting for the seduction of the project rather than the country. It’s about the club and of course the people, the human dimension.”

Mirror Sport revealed last month that should the Newcastle Saudi-backed takeover go through, they will be eyeing up an audacious move for the man that transformed Spurs from Europa League also-rans to Champions League regulars – and finalists.

But Pochettino has also been linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid.

He admitted he and his coaching staff would love to work in the Premier League again.

Pochettino said: “After six months, our tanks are completely full. We are so open. Of course we love England, and the Premier League. We feel very good here. We are still living here in London.

“I am not going to change (my feelings) now because I am not involved in the Premier League. Because I am no longer the Tottenham manager, I am not going to change my vision.

"I still think the Premier League is the best league in the world.

“Of course we have suffered with everything that is going on, this unbelievable situation that we are living.

“There is not a manual that can tell you how you need to behave in this situation.

"But at the same time as the suffering, I have tried with my coaching staff to review everything that we did in the last seven years (including Southampton ) because we never had a break until now.

“It has been an amazing time to review everything, to start to organise again our ideas to plan the future and to try to compete better. To try to learn from our experience and of course looking forward for the next job.

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Newcastle 'ramp up interest in Lyon attacker Bertrand Traore'

Newcastle ‘ramp up interest in Lyon attacker Bertrand Traore’ as they weigh up a move for the ex-Chelsea man if £300m Saudi takeover finally goes through

  • Newcastle are making plans to splash the cash amid impending £300m takeover
  • The Magpies could make a move for the striker if the Saudi takeover goes ahead
  • The 24-year-old Burkina Faso international has been at Lyon for three years

Newcastle United have been linked with a summer move for former Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore.

The 24-year-old Burkina Faso international has been at Lyon for three years, following his Stamford Bridge exit.

Traore, capped 54 times by his country after making his debut at just 15, previously had loan spells with Vitesse Arnhem and Ajax.

Newcastle have been linked with a summer move for former Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore

And according to Foot Mercato, Magpies could make a move if the Saudi takeover goes ahead. 

Traore signed his first professional contract with Chelsea at 18 in 2013 and scored four goals in 16 first-team appearances in all competitions.

He was then sold to Lyon for £9m in 2017. 

The 24-year-old has been at Lyon for three years, following his Stamford Bridge exit

Newcastle are making plans to splash the cash amid an impending £300m takeover by the Saudi’s Public Investment Fund.

The deal is now in the hands of the Premier League and if they give the go-ahead then Mike Ashley would relinquish control of the club.




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Newcastle 'ready to offer Real Madrid £53m for wantaway Gareth Bale'

Newcastle ‘ready to offer Real Madrid £53m for wantaway Gareth Bale as they prepare for spending spree if £300m Saudi takeover goes through’

  • Newcastle are planning a summer spending spree if £300m takeover happens
  • Gareth Bale is said to be on their list of targets and they’re willing to pay £53m
  • Tottenham and Inter Miami are two other clubs prepared to pay Bale’s wages
  • Welshman has been in Madrid since 2013 and has won everything on offer

Newcastle are ‘ready to splash out £53million to offer Real Madrid’s wantaway star Gareth Bale a route back to the Premier League this summer’.

Bale has been unhappy in Madrid for some time, and it is now expected that he will leave the Spanish capital when the transfer window next opens.

FourFourTwo report that three clubs are front-runners for the Welshman’s signature, with Newcastle the most surprising among them.

Gareth Bale wants out of Real Madrid and three clubs are said to be in for his signature

Toon takeover backed by Saudi’s Public Investment Fund, led by Prince Mohamed bin Salman

Bale has been out of the Premier League since 2013, when he left Tottenham for Real Madrid

Elsewhere, David Beckham’s new Inter Miami side are said to be prepared to match his Real Madrid salary to bring him to their new MLS outfit, while Tottenham are also reportedly keen to seal his emotional return to north London.

Newcastle, until recently, would unlikely have been in the running for a player of Bale’s stature, but their impending £300m Saudi takeover would take them to a new level of finance.

It has been reported that should the takeover go through in the coming weeks, which would see Mike Ashley relinquish control of the club, the Toon would have a large amount of money to spend in the transfer window.  

In the current coronavirus climate, Real Madrid appear likely to try and cash in on some of their expensive fringe players, with Bale and James Rodriguez among them.

Bale left Tottenham for Real Madrid in 2013 and has spent the last seven years in Spain, winning everything on offer.

Bale has won everything since arriving at Real Madrid, but now looks set to leave in summer

David Beckham’s Inter Miami are another club keen to sign him and could afford the wage bill




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Can super-rich new Newcastle owners change the Premier League forever?

The billionaire blueprint Newcastle want to follow: From Roman Abramovich bankrolling Chelsea to glory and Sheik Mansour putting Manchester City on the map – these mega-rich owners shattered the status quo and changed the Premier League forever…

  • Newcastle are edging closer to a £300m takeover by Saudi-led consortium
  • Backed by Saudi investment funds, Newcastle could be transformed overnight
  • Blackburn were one of the first to upset the established order after a takeover
  • Roman Abramovich then backrolled Chelsea’s titles in England and in Europe
  • Manchester City were league’s last big success, after Sheik Mansour took helm

Newcastle are on the verge of completing a £300million takeover led by a consortium backed by money from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.

Should the deal go through, current owner Mike Ashley would be handing the keys over to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is estimated to have a personal wealth of £7billion.

With the backing of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, worth a colossal £260bn, the Magpies could be a club transformed and challenging for titles in future.

Newcastle are on the verge of being taken over by the Saudi state in a £300million deal

The takeover is backed by Saudi’s Public Investment Fund, led by Prince Mohamed bin Salman

Amanda Staveley is helping to broker the Saudi takeover of Newcastle after years of trying

Newcastle have always been regarded as one of England’s ‘sleeping giants’, given their dedicated fanbase, large stadium and a fondly remembered recent history that saw them pipped to the Premier League title in the late 90s.

When it comes to club’s last major piece of silverware, you have to go all the way back to 1955 when they won the FA Cup, but the league has been out of reach since just after the end of the First World War.

However, a Saudi regime with bottomless pockets on Tyneside could signify a changing of the guard when it comes to who will be challenging for Premier League and Champions League titles in years to come.

But, while billionaires and multi-millionaires remain in control at the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham, Aston Villa and Everton, such a scenario does not necessarily mean glory will follow, as those clubs prove.

So, what standout examples are there of rich benefactors who have gone on to fund a club’s charge into becoming a Premier League powerhouse? 

JACK WALKER – BLACKBURN ROVERS 

Before the Premier League’s inception in 1992, local entrepreneur and lifelong supporter Jack Walker reached into his pockets to purchase Blackburn Rovers in 1991. 

The club that had been yo-yoing up and down the divisions throughout the 70s before steadying the ship in the Second Division in the 80s.

Walker had amassed a personal fortune of around £600m in the steelworks industry and went on to assume full control of the Ewood Park outfit in the hope of turning Rovers into one of the most successful and prosperous clubs in England’s top flight.

With money behind him, Walker made funds readily available for players and coaching staff, while also threatening to make Manchester United look ‘cheap’.

Generous benefactor Jack Walker (centre) stands with manager Kenny Dalglish (left) and assistant boss Ray Harford after Blackburn Rovers won the Premier League title in 1995

Ahead of the Premier League’s inaugural season, Walker appointed Kenny Dalglish as manager, who ended their 26-year stay outside the top flight by winning promotion as the 1991-92 second division play-off winners.

Walker put his money where his mouth was and spent £25million on new players during his first three years in charge. This included breaking the British transfer record twice after he brought in 22-year-old Alan Shearer for £3.5m from Southampton in 1992 before Chris Sutton joined from Norwich City for £5m just two years later.

With money behind them and the squad showing their worth, Blackburn became title contenders within a season of their promotion.

After finishing fourth in 1992-93 campaign and then as runners-up the following season, the writing was on the wall for the rest of the Premier League.

The lethal attacking duo of Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton inspired their title-winning side

The lethal attacking duo of Shearer and Sutton formed the bedrock of their title-winning side, supplied by flying wingers Stuart Ripley and Jason Wilcox. Tim Sherwood led by example as the club’s captain in the heart of its midfield. Colin Hendry was a titan at the back. Tim Flowers was at £2.4m the most expensive goalkeeper in Britain but also one of the very best.

In 1994-95, Blackburn went on to win the Premier League title by pipping rivals United to the trophy, cementing their status as a force in the early to mid-90s.

While the success dried up and it started to go downhill in the next five years, Blackburn are one of only six clubs to lifted the Premier League trophy, with so much of their success attributed to the ownership of the late Jack Walker. 

ROMAN ABRAMOVICH – CHELSEA

When Roman Abramovich purchased Chelsea from Ken Bates for £140m in June 2003, the meeting at the Dorchester Hotel was said to have only taken 20 minutes.

Many didn’t realise just how influential the billionaire Russian oligarch would be in changing the landscape of English football.

At that time, only Fulham were under foreign ownership in England’s top flight but Abramovich’s arrival created a sense of excitement that anything was possible when money was injected into the right club.

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich (left) bought Chelsea from Ken Bates in 2003

His early signings included Joe Cole (left) and Juan Sebastien Veron (right) – but manager Claudio Ranieri (centre) was soon replaced by Jose Mourinho and great success followed

Abramovich showed early on that he meant business, splashing out in his first season alone on Glen Johnson, Geremi, Wayne Bridge, Damien Duff, Joe Cole, Juan Sebastian Veron, Adrian Mutu, Alexey Smertin, Hernan Crespo, Neil Sullivan, Claude Makelele and Scott Parker, a hitherto unimaginable spending spree.

Abramovich’s impact was felt straight away as Chelsea went from a cosmopolitan Cup-winning team unable to sustain a title challenge to serial winners of the top trophies within two seasons, establishing the Blues one of England’s elite clubs for years to come.

The arrival of Jose Mourinho made them unmissable while the likes of Didier Drogba, John Terry and Frank Lampard made them untouchable.

After winning their first Premier League title in the 2004-05 campaign, the west London outfit would go on to win it four more times, while adding plenty more silverware to the cabinet.

They have won the Champions League, the Europa League twice, the FA Cup four times and the League Cup three times in the 17 years of Abramovich’s reign.

Abramovich’s millions lifted Chelsea to unprecedented heights in the years that followed 

It’s been achieved through lavish spending on world-class players and the alarmingly regular chopping and changing of managers.

The Russian chooses to keep a low profile these days, though he did attend every game at Stamford Bridge in the early years. Visa issues have since complicated his involvement, however.

Given what Chelsea have accomplished since his arrival, every football fan lives in hope an Abramovich-style figure will come and take over their club.

SHEIKH MANSOUR – MANCHESTER CITY 

From struggling to keep their place in the top flight of English football to being described as the ‘noisy neighbours’ by Sir Alex Ferguson – Manchester City had not touched silverware in a long time before Sheik Mansour came along.

Following an underwhelming takeover by Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in the summer of 2007, City were then bought by the Abu Dhabi United Group, who like Abramovich promised to bring back the club’s glory days.

Sheik Mansour has a personal wealth approaching £20bn and his family is said to be worth $1trillion, which has allowed City to build and become one of the best teams over the past decade.

Manchester City have gone on to become one of the most successful clubs in England

The signing of Carlos Tevez – and the famous billboard showing it off – rattled rivals Manchester United, whose boss Sir Alerx Ferguson branded them ‘noisy neighbours’

Following their takeover, a direct investment into the club totalling £1.3bn changed City from a plucky but generally hopeless side to challengers for the highest honours available.

In terms of impact, it was immediate. On September 1, 2008, City went out and spent £32.5m on Real Madrid’s Robinho, creating shockwaves across the league. City were here and they were here to stay.

Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho were among those who followed, although arguably their biggest statement arrived in the form of Carlos Tevez from United in 2009, a move that rattled even Fergie. 

Four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and five League Cups since have made up for years of chronic underachievement, though the Champions League remains the final frontier.

City manager Pep Guardiola in conversation with owner Sheikh Mansour in Abu Dhabi in 2018

City have also been transformed off the field with a state-of-the-art training complex and now have sister clubs all around the world as part of the giant City Football Group.

But this spending has now caught up with City and their Abu Dhabi backers. A two-year ban from European competition – an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport pending – for breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations, could hamper their progress.

While lessons have been learned, it still paints an optimistic picture for Newcastle fans across the world. 




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Newcastle 'take key staff OFF furlough' ahead of potential return

Newcastle ‘take key members of staff OFF furlough’ as they gear up for Premier League return with training expected to resume next week

  • Newcastle have taken head of recruitment and academy bosses off furlough
  • The move is a sign the club are readying themselves for a Premier League return
  • Newcastle’s first-team players are expected to return to training next week
  • Government and Premier League will decide if current season will be completed

Newcastle have reportedly taken their key members of staff off the Government’s furlough scheme in preparation for a return to action.

First-team players are expected to return to training next week, providing the Government’s formal review and Premier League shareholders’ meeting reach an agreement to finish the current campaign.

Newcastle players have been keeping fit in isolation since the lockdown but all of their squad are now back in the country and are readying themselves for a return to their Darsley Park facilities. 

Newcastle have taken their key staff off furlough ahead of potential Premier League return

All Newcastle players are back in the country and could return to training next week

Academy head of coaching Ben Dawson is one member of staff to be taken off furlough

According to The Times, the club’s head of recruitment, Steve Nickson, was one of the first key members of staff to be taken off furlough, having been removed last week.

WHAT DOES FURLOUGH MEAN?

When an employee is placed on furlough they are temporarily put on a leave of absence and not paid, although they remain on the payroll, meaning that they do not lose their job.

This could be because there is no work for these employees, or that the company is not able to afford to pay them, because of the effects of the coronavirus crisis.

In the United Kingdom, the Government is offering to pay 80 per cent of a furloughed employee’s wages, up to £2,500 per month, until they are able to resume their job full time

Ben Dawson, the academy’s head of coaching and the academy manager, Joe Joyce, are also reported to have returned to full-time work. 

The Magpies were the first Premier League to put their non-playing staff on furlough at the end of March, although until now they have received 100 per cent of their wages. 

Other members of staff will have to wait until Monday to find out whether or not they will be reduced to 80 per cent as part of the Government’s job retention scheme. 

The move from Newcastle to take some of their staff off furlough is an indicator they are preparing themselves to finish the season, which has been suspended since March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

A four-hour Premier League meeting on Friday reaffirmed that clubs are committed to completing the season. 

It was agreed during the meeting that matches, when they are able to take place, will be held in up to 10 neutral grounds away from urban areas across the country with West Ham, Arsenal and Manchester City likely options.

Premier League chiefs are determined to complete the 2019-20 season after postponement

Games will also almost certainly be played behind closed doors for the foreseeable future as part of the league’s ‘Project Restart plan’, which is dependent on approval from the Government.

The Premier League have already sent out a restart schedule to clubs which includes details of their comeback timetable.

The schedule has earmarked May 18 as the date for players to be able to be back in full training and June 8 for the first games back, but those plans could be dashed if Boris Johnson officially extends the lockdown until June. 

Arsenal and West Ham are so far the only Premier League clubs to have returned to training with special measures in place to ensure that players are not at risk of catching the virus. 


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Newcastle United prepared to pay Mauricio Pochettino £19m a year

Newcastle United prepared to make Mauricio Pochettino the third-highest paid boss in the world with Saudi-led consortium ‘ready to offer Argentine boss £19m a year’ if takeover succeeds

  • Newcastle United are on the brink of a £300m takeover by a Saudi-led cohort
  • The pending deal is likely to lead to a change of manager at St James’ Park 
  • It is thought the incoming owners would like Mauricio Pochettino at the helm 
  • Reports say they are willing to make him among the world’s highest paid bosses

Newcastle United are prepared to make Mauricio Pochettino one of the best-paid managers in the world, should the impending takeover go through.

The North East club are currently the subject of a bid, led by Amanda Staveley and backed by the wealth of the Saudi Public Investment Fund, which is is currently being ratified by the Premier League.

Should the deal go through, it is expected that wholesale changes and investment will be in the offing, including a change in management.

Newcastle United’s prospective owners are targetting Mauricio Pochettino as their new boss

Current boss Steve Bruce is likely to be given until the end of the season by any new owners, however, for the long-term vision of the club, it is likely that change will be sought – with Pochettino one of the names in the frame.

And according to Sky Sports, the Argentine is in fact the club’s first choice, with a £19m-a-year deal thought to be being prepared to entice the former Tottenham boss to Tyneside.

That figure would make him the third-highest paid manager in the world, with only Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and Pep Guardiola at Manchester City earning more. 

Amanda Staveley is fronting a consortium that includes the Saudi Public Investment Fund 

TOP PAID MANAGERS IN THE WORLD 

1. Diego Simeone (Atletico): £36.2m 

2. Pep Guardiola (Man City): £20m

3= Jose Mourinho (Tottenham): £15m

3= Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool): £15m

5. Zinedine Zidane (Ral Madrid): £14m 

The potential arrival of Pochettino at St James’ Park has already caught the attention of Dimitar Berbatov, who believes the arrival of such an individual would pave the way for major signings to follow suit.

‘If the rumours are true, and Newcastle are looking at appointing Mauricio Pochettino, it would be a great move for the team,’ he told Betfair.

‘If he goes there then it will be the first sign from the new owners, to the players they are targeting, that the club means business.

‘If you put Pochettino in charge at Newcastle and you go and speak to players, trust me they will pay more attention and take the offer seriously, and I’m talking about big players as well.

‘I know Gareth Bale is among those who have been linked with the club. I’m sure Newcastle will want to rebuild with some top names.

‘The biggest factor that would persuade Pochettino to go to St James’ Park would be having the funds to buy players.’ 

It is thought that the prospective owners would seek the return of Rafa Benitez, should they fail to land Pochettino.  

The Premier League is currently ratifying the proposed £300m deal through its owners’ test 

 

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Newcastle 'targeted in £350m bid if Saudi Arabia-led offer collapses

Newcastle ‘targeted in £350m takeover bid from American media mogul Henry Mauriss’ if Saudi Arabia-led offer collapses… ‘but deal is being brokered by Mike Ashley-associate and convicted fraudster Chris Ronnie’

  • Amanda Staveley leads the £300m bid with the Saudi Public Investment Fund  
  • Henry Mauriss is said to have been negotiating with Mike Ashley since last year
  • Chris Ronnie was jailed for four years in December 2014 for a £1million fraud
  • He is also thought to have brought the American bid to the table in January

Newcastle will be targeted by a £350million bid if their Saudi Arabian takeover is rejected, according to reports.

Amanda Staveley is leading the £300m bid with the Saudi Public Investment Fund set to hold an 80 per cent stake in the club.

But should the Saudi consortium fail in their proposed takeover, The Daily Mirror claim the Magpies may already have another potential buyer in American media mogul Henry Mauriss, who is believed to have been negotiating with current owner Mike Ashley since last year.

Newcastle will be targeted by a bid from American Henry Mauriss if the Saudi takeover fails

Amanda Staveley is leading the £300m bid with the Saudi Public Investment Fund

But his attempt to buy the club is on the back burner while the Premier League deliberate on the proposed £300m Saudi deal.

That agreement with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is coming under intense scrutiny, with numerous groups, including Amnesty International and beIN Sport, having written to the Premier League to ask for serious consideration of the consequences of letting any deal go through.

And with Amnesty having called the kingdom’s human rights record into question, the report claims that puts Californian Mauriss in an ideal position to launch a rival bid if no deal can be reached with the Saudis. 

However, the report also states that the rival bid is believed to have been brokered by Chris Ronnie, a disgraced close associate of Sports Direct boss Ashley.

Mauriss’ bid is believed to have been brokered by convicted fraudster Chris Ronnie though

Ronnie was imprisoned for four years in December 2014 for a £1million fraud while head of former sportswear company JJB Sports.

He is also believed to have a long association with Ashley and is thought to have brought the American bid to the table in January, but he would have no further involvement if a deal was reached.

Moreover, Staveley’s £300m deal is believed to be at an advanced stage and Ashley is now said to be locked into an exclusivity period until early May.

That allegedly means he can have no further talks with Mauriss, having already accepted Staveley’s letter of intent to buy which came with a £17m deposit.

Ronnie is said to be a close associate of Sports Direct boss and current owner Mike Ashley




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Newcastle 'make contact with Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly'

Newcastle ‘make contact with Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly over audacious summer move’ as proposed new Saudi owners consider Edinson Cavani and Nabil Fekir bids

  • Kalidou Koulibaly has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United  
  • Newcastle, who may become England’s richest side, are said to be in contact 
  • Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis is reportedly prepared to sell the defender 
  • Newcastle are also reportedly ‘dreaming’ of signing PSG striker Edinson Cavani
  • The 33-year-old Uruguayan is soon to be out of contract at the Parc des Princes 
  • Real Betis star Nabil Fekir is also viewed as a ‘primary target’ by the Magpies 

Newcastle have officially contacted Napoli regarding the signing of defender Kalidou Koulibaly and are also considering bids for Edinson Cavani and Nabil Fekir, according to reports in France.

The Premier League club are nearing a change of ownership after a £300million bid by a Saudi consortium was accepted by current owner Mike Ashley.

Should that deal go through, it would make Newcastle the richest top-flight club by some considerable margin, and such wealth could see the Tyneside outfit compete to attract the biggest names.

Newcastle have reportedly contacted Napoli regarding the signing of Kalidou Koulibaly

The Magpies are nearing a mega-money takeover by an Amanda Staveley-lead consortium

And according to French outlet Foot Mercato, the Mapgies have already contacted Serie A outfit Napoli about signing their prized asset, Senegalese defender Koulibaly.

The Napoli centre-back has been heavily linked with Manchester United, with the Premier League giants long-term admirers of the Senegal international, but Newcastle are also preparing to make him an offer.

The report states that fiery Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is prepared to sell the defender, but will demand a figure just under £70million (80million euros) to part ways with his services.

The report also claims that Newcastle may not stop there, with the north-east club ‘dreaming’ of signing Paris Saint-Germain’s all-time leading goalscorer Cavani.

And their ambitious transfer plans mean they are also considering PSG striker Edinson Cavani

The 33-year-old Uruguayan is out of contract at the Parc des Princes in the summer, and while Atletico Madrid and clubs in South America have contacted him, the Magpies have not given up hope of bringing him to England.

The outlet claims that in order to convince him, bosses at the Premier League club are prepared to offer him a ‘golden contract’, but they may also turn to Real Betis star Fekir.

Fekir has shone at the Spanish side this season and the report claims he is one of Newcastle’s primary targets to reinforce their forward line.

It is reported that Betis would not be ready to discuss any offer below (50million euros) with the player under contract at the Estadio Benito Villamarin until 2023, but the report acknowledges it will not be a fee that will scare the Saudi investors. 

The Mapgies also allegedly view Nabil Fekir as a ‘primary target’ to strengthen in attack

These claims come after the Premier League and UEFA both insisted that Newcastle must abide by spending restrictions, which will stay in place.

Both governing bodies have their own versions of ‘financial fair play’ (FFP), with the Premier League limiting owner-subsidised losses to £105million over three years and UEFA limiting three-year losses to £26m.

Spokesmen for both organisations have reiterated that there are no plans for either set of FFP rules to be softened.

 

 

 

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Jenas believes £300m Newcastle takeover could ignite a revolution

‘They are not going to be bit-part players’: Jermaine Jenas believes £300m Newcastle takeover could ignite revolution at club and threaten established Premier League giants

  • Jermaine Jenas thinks Newcastle’s proposed takeover could revolutionise them
  • He believes the club would then have the potential to challenge for the top four 
  • The former midfielder said the club needs ‘cleansing’ and to bring back ambition 
  • The BBC pundit also suggested new owners create jobs by investing in the city 

Jermaine Jenas believes Newcastle could challenge for the Premier League’s top four if their £300million takeover goes through.

Owner Mike Ashley is in talks with a consortium led by financier Amanda Staveley to sell the club after 13 years at St James’.

And Jenas, who played for the Magpies in the Champions League, thinks the buyers will want to revolutionise his former side and bring back the ambition that was lacking under Ashley.

Jermaine Jenas believes Newcastle could challenge for the top four if a takeover goes through

Financer Amanda Staveley is the lead negotiator for a consortium in a possible £300m deal

‘If this wealthy consortium is coming in, they are going to spend. They are not going to be bit-part players,’ the BBC pundit told The Mirror.

‘They are seeing Everton making moves, Wolves making moves, and thinking we want to be part of that.

‘Are Spurs losing their grip on what they thought they might have? Arsenal are having a wobble. This is a great period of time to get a club and go for the top four. That is what it is all about.

Mike Ashley has been at St James’ Park for 13 years but Jenas said the clubs needs ‘cleansing’

‘Kevin Keegan once famously said Newcastle needed fumigating when he took over.

‘It needs a complete restructuring of everything, from top to bottom. You’d need to replace 70 per cent of your playing squad in the next 2-3 years. These are big jobs.’

The former midfielder also believes new owners should follow in the footsteps of Manchester City by investing in the city’s surrounding areas to create jobs and build up the academy. 

The former midfielder believes that the prospective buyers also need to invest in the city 

‘You have to bring in sponsorships, invest in the city and get businesses and fans wanting to be involved with Newcastle United again, and a Premier League brand of real stock. That way you can go and spend your money.

‘There is a lot of work to do. It needs a cleansing.

‘Also bubbling down the line, these investors might be seeing this European Super League thing happening one day. I guess you have to be in a certain position to be part of that conversation.

The BBC pundit used Manchester City as an example to for the Northern club to use and follow

‘Newcastle is the North. They are the beacon club in the North.

‘Currently they have that area from Edinburgh down to Sheffield or Burnley, being the only Premier League club. That’s an amazing thought.

‘I would hope that they also see what Manchester City have done in terms of changing areas of that city, creating jobs, investment in the academy, surrounding the stadium, all those things to get people working and bring more life to the area.’




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