Newcastle United Winter Target
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Newcastle United fans were left delighted recently when a takeover left them as one of the richest clubs in the world.

Newcastle United isn’t a name widely known on the European football scene; they last won a domestic title in 1927 and haven’t been in major European competition for 14 years. Their only European triumphs were in the Inter-City Fairs Cup in 1967 and the Intertoto Cup in 2006. They are minor players in many instances, but all that is about to change.

Give Me Sport explains how the Saudi Public Investment Fund is behind the takeover, which has been controversial for many reasons. Whilst that debate will rage on, few in the city of Newcastle will be upset to see the back of former owner Mike Ashley and the arrival of serious spending power. The Magpies are amongst the favorites for relegation, but that is all set to change this winter as they set off on a spending spree to rival Paris St Germain and Real Madrid. They’re suddenly very wealthy and in a position not just to trouble the Premier League elite, but maybe Europe.

They’ll have to do so slowly; the likes of Erling Haaland might be affordable, but they’re not going to move to a club that doesn’t have Champion League football to offer. Instead, Newcastle needs to take steady steps forward and maybe target these big names.

Ousmane Dembele

Barcelona is cash-strapped and would certainly accept a bid for their top stars if it was valuable. The likes of Ansu Fati might be out of Newcastle’s reach given the lack of Champions League football, but Ousmane Dembele might be tempted to take the chance.

He’d form a seriously good wide attack with Allan Saint-Maximin, already at the club. He would be a player that could easily transition from Premier League to Champions League when the time was right and is also a big name, the sort of statement signing Newcastle could be tempted into making.

Andre Onana

25-year-old Andre Onana would be the perfect stopper to help Newcastle climb the league. He could well be available, given that he currently plays for Ajax, who often feed players to big clubs. The former Barcelona youth is also a Cameroon international, with two Eredivisie titles to his name.

The Magpies will need to source a reliable keeper who can possibly remain at the club for a decade, alleviating worry in the future. Onana is Champions League material but young enough to perhaps settle for missing out for a couple of seasons.

Blaise Matuidi

One pitfall of having money to spend is not building a team from a collection of individuals. Some of the most talented players on the planet could sign for Newcastle, but it might not work without guidance, senior players, and experience.

Blaise Matuidi is a 34-year-old, but he’s won seven domestic titles in Europe and a World Cup. He’s currently with Inter Miami and could maybe be tempted back over to Europe for one final project, one last stab at getting to the Champions League. Also, with his advancing years, he could be a key part of any backroom setup too.


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