The last 13 years have been tumultuous for Newcastle United. Since Mike Ashley took over, things went from bad to worse fast. It’s no wonder the proposed takeover by a Saudi Arabian consortium fronted by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has elicited so much excitement.
For the Magpies currently wallowing at position 13 in the EPL standings, the takeover would be just what the doctor prescribed. Already, big names are being linked with the club, and if such transfers were to materialise, then this would no doubt become one of the most powerful Premier League teams.
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The £300million takeover
The proposed £300million takeover has led Newcastle fans to start dreaming now that they have seen what big money can do to a club.
From Chelsea, Manchester City to PSG, it’s not hard to see why the Toon Army is so excited by this development, especially with word out that the Premier League had allegedly agreed to the acquisition of the club. If this move goes through, it will make the Magpies one of only five Premier League clubs who can splash signings this summer.
Amanda Staveley is the financier leading the Newcastle takeover and the head of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF). PIF is said to own assets totalling more than £260bn which would make the group the wealthiest owners in EPL.
Probable Big Name Signings
Clubs like Man City and Chelsea got a blank cheque when wealthy owners took over, and this is the same expectation at Newcastle. It was such investment that brought big players that shaped revival at these EPL clubs.
While it would take some work to attract new players to Tyneside, the Magpies can get all the seven players they need to make the team next season. There’s also a possibility of making Danny Rose’s deal permanent.
Better still, high-profile managers such as Mauricio Pochettino, Rafel Benitez, Zinedine Zidane, and Max Allegri have all been lined up as possible replacements for Steve Bruce.
Among the top names being touted for a new-look Newcastle is Kalidou Koulibaly in defence. For the last few seasons, the Ivorian has attracted a lot of attention with Manchester United being a major probable destination.
The Napoli center-back is now considered one of the best defenders in the world and his £100million price tag says it all. With a fat purse, Newcastle can now open talks, and the Toon Army would love seeing the bulky centre-back at St. James’ Park.
Another rumoured target in the new lineup is Arturo Vidal. The indefatigable 32-year-old midfielder has a year left at Barcelona and would be a cheap bargain for Newcastle United. The Chilean is still a powerhouse in the midfield and would make an immediate impact at St. James’ Park.
Philippe Coutinho is another possible contender for the new lineup as Barcelona is still keen to offload the Brazilian, and Bayern have not confirmed a permanent deal. It would be a win-win for the player who would finally find a stable home and all the teams involved.
Newcastle has also reportedly set their sights on Real Betis midfielder Nabil Fekir. After spurning Liverpool’s interest and joining Real Betis, Nabil has impressed with seven goals and three assists. He would be a perfect fit for the Magpies as the team looks for a natural goal scorer.
A raid for Ajax’s Donny van der Beek has also been mentioned, but there’s competition from Manchester United among other top clubs in Europe. If Newcastle was to cause a surprise and grab Donny van der Beek, it would be a sign that the club is ready to become a leading force again in the top flight once more.
Of course, there have been other big names linked with Newcastle’s expected revival after the takeover. They include Chelsea winger Willian, PSG legend Edinson Cavani, out of favour Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann and Benfica’s midfield playmaker Rafa Silva.
Premier League players, including Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn and Burnley winger Dwight McNeil are also on Newcastle’s radar as well as Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, and AC Milan duo Franck Kessie and Hakan Calhanoglu.
Players Likely to Remain at St. James’ Park
Any new signings would link up with the existing personnel at St. James’ Park, who are likely to survive a purge. These include outstanding Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, full-back Paul Dummett, captain Jamaal Lascelles, stand-out player Allan Saint-Maximin.
As the takeover hurtles to a conclusion, it’s understandable that the Toon Army is over the moon about future possibilities. After all, which team doesn’t like to win?