With new rich owners now backing them, the Magpies could attract the world’s best talents to St James’ Park.
The takeover of Newcastle United by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, marked the end of a 14-year long nightmare under Mike Ashley. Newcastle fans, while torn over the moral standing of their new owners, are understandably brimming with excitement over the prospect of their increased muscle in the transfer market. It’s been less than a week since the £300m takeover by the Saudi Arabia consortium. However, the club have already been linked with several top names in world football, including Philippe Coutinho and Erling Haaland.
Until now, Newcastle’s record transfer is the €44m for Joelinton from Hoffenhem in 2019. But, this could well be broken in the summer. The takeover by the Public Investment has made Newcastle United the richest club in the Premier League. So, the club now have the funds to attract the best talents from around the world. Here are 10 players who Newcastle United could sign in the coming transfer window:
10. Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)
The 29-year old keeper has been far from his best this season, like much of the FC Barcelona squad. However, the German has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, in recent times.
Ter Stegen could be tempted to leave the Camp Nou for Tyneside. He would add readymade quality to a side that will be looking to challenge for major trophies once more.
9. Max Aarons (Norwich City)
The young defender will almost certainly be on his way out this summer. He would be an astute signing around him Newcastle United can begin their re-build.
8. Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan)
The Inter Milan centre-back is arguably one of the best defensive talents in Europe. Premier League clubs have been incessant in their efforts to prize him away from the San Siro, but have so far been unsuccessful.
However, the prospect of a considerable transfer fee could loosen Inter’s grip on Milan Skriniar, whose contract expires in 2023.
7. Aaron Ramsey (Juventus)
The Welshman has undeniable quality, but has failed to make the best use of his time in Italy over the last two years. Aaron Ramsey ran down his contract at Arsenal before joining Juventus on a free in 2019.
Having made just 46 Serie A appearances in two seasons, he faces an uncertain future at Juventus and would benefit greatly from a fresh start. Newcastle United could provide the stage through which Aaron Ramsey re-discovers his form.
6. Renato Sanches (Lille)
Renato Sanches has been one of the more curious cases of footballing talent in recent years. After shining at Benfica as a youngster, Sanches joined Bayern Munich at just 18 years of age.
However, the Portuguese failed to live up to expectations and was soon loaned out, before being eventually sold. But, Sanches has found his form at Lille and would be the perfect midfield signing for the new Newcastle.
5. Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona)
After leaving Liverpool for a record transfer fee, Philippe Coutinho never got off the ground at FC Barcelona. Always in the shadow of Lionel Messi, Coutinho failed to impress in Spain and was loaned out to Bayern Munich.
The Brazilian is now back at a failing Camp Nou, but could well be on his way out. Newcastle United would do well to capitalize on his undeniable quality and Premier League experience.
4. Donny van de Beek (Manchester United)
Donny van de Beek joined Old Trafford in the summer of 2020, as Paul Pogba was on the cusp of leaving the club. However, Pogba continues to wear the famous red jersey and the Dutchman has found playing time hard to come by at United. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly reluctant to allow Van De Beek to leave the club.
But United could eventually lose the Dutchman this January if he does not get the opportunities that many fans believe he deserves. Tyneside could prove to be an attractive option for the midfielder to resurrect his career.
3. Franck Kessie (AC Milan)
The AC Milan destroyer is holding off on signing a new contract that will extend his stay at San Siro. This has pricked the ears of several Premier League clubs.
He has previously stated his desire to play in England and Newcastle could pounce on the opportunity to bring Kessie to St James’ Park. His bullish nature and impeccable ability on the ball mean that he would be a spectacular signing, if Newcastle can pull it off.
2. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)
The Frenchman has been instrumental to anything good that Arsenal have achieved over the last few seasons. But, Lacazette finds himself down the pecking order at the Emirates this year.
There has been interest in the striker from around Europe in recent transfer windows. Newcastle would do well to snap up an individual of his considerable quality and experience to lead them into their new era.
1. Anthony Martial (Manchester United)
The Frenchman started his career at Manchester United with a bang, scoring 17 goals in his first season, at just 18 years of age. However, he has struggled to find his best position at the club, with inconsistency being the theme of his tenure at United.
It seems as though a move is quickly becoming the only option for the 25-year-old to jump-start his career and Newcastle United could provide the perfect way out.