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Newcastle United preparing for the Champions League: transfer offensive of the nouveau riche?



Newcastle United preparing for the Champions League: transfer offensive of the nouveau riche?

Newcastle United have qualified for the Champions League for the first time in 21 years – and are looking to upgrade their squad with money from Saudi Arabia. Which possible new entries are traded?

Newcastle United have twice taken part in the Champions League, failing in the group stages in the 1997/98 and 2002/03 seasons. After the second and final participation, the impressive dominance of the big six began.

Aside from sensational champions Leicester City in 2016, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Manchester United and City have always shared the Champions League starting places. Unlike Leicester, Newcastle shouldn’t be a one-off surprise guest. The Magpies have landed to stay.

In October 2021, a consortium led by the multi-billion dollar Saudi Arabian state fund took over Newcastle United with the aim of turning the traditional club into a new football superpower. There was a lot of money for this, but also a lot of criticism. The accusation: The autocratic ruling family wants to distract from human rights violations in their own country. Recently, Newcastle also signed a sponsorship deal with the Saudi Arabian event company Sela. The club collects around 30 million euros per year for a place on the shirt front – about four times as much as the previous sponsor Fun88 paid.

In the previous three transfer periods since the takeover, Newcastle have already invested more than 300 million euros in the squad. Pretty useful for the most part, by the way. Newcomers like Bruno Guimaraes, Dan Burn, Kieran Trippier, Alexander Isak, Sven Botman and Nick Pope proved to be real reinforcements.

In the meantime, successful coach Eddie Howe has taken players already under contract to a new level: For example, striker Joelinton, who has been converted into a midfield engine, or Fabian Schär, Miguel Almiron and Joe Willock. But they may have to make room for more expensive, more famous, better newcomers.

Exactly how much Newcastle can and may invest in the summer is unclear. The telegraph reported in March that the Magpies may only spend £90m for financial fair play reasons. The British media are currently assuming that the budget could be up to 150 million pounds (approx. 175 million euros).

The only thing that is fixed so far is the commitment of 18-year-old right winger Yankuba Minteh. He comes from Odense BK in Denmark for seven million, but is loaned out directly to Feyenoord Rotterdam for match practice. Striker Chris Wood, who was last loaned out, has joined Nottingham Forest on a permanent basis for 17 million euros. The expiring contracts with Ciaran Clark and Matty Longstaff will not be renewed. Who else could join?

Sadio Mane

So far, Sadio Mané has not been happy at Bayern Munich, which is why there is a lot of speculation about a return to the Premier League. Incidentally, the Newcastle rumors were fueled by a politician. Conservative Tories’ Martin Callanan met the striker at a conference in Senegal and used the opportunity to explore the possibility of a move to his favorite club. In a tweet, he revealed Mané’s supposed response: “Never say never.”

Dominik Szoboszlai

“If I can now take a step towards becoming one of the top five or six clubs in Europe, should I say no to this challenge?” Dominik Szoboszlai asked rhetorically in the Hungarian newspaper recently index and answered himself, “I’ve never been that type of guy.” Does he count Newcastle among the five or six best clubs in Europe? In any case, the Magpies are considered his most likely target. The 22-year-old midfielder is tied to RB Leipzig until 2026, but can switch for a fixed transfer fee of 70 million euros.

Marc Cucurella

Marc Cucurella became one of the Premier League’s best left-backs at Brighton & Hove Albion, but failed to impress at Chelsea after his €65m move last summer. Loud Mirror the 24-year-old Spaniard could start a new attempt in Newcastle. Maybe the sea air would do him good – like his former home Brighton, Newcastle is also on the coast.

James Maddison

With 19 points in 30 league games, James Maddison was one of the few bright spots in Leicester City’s botched season. After the unexpected relegation, the 26-year-old midfielder will be looking for a new challenge in the summer. Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur in particular are traded as possible buyers.

Nicolo Barella

Just a few days ago Nicolo Barella lost the Champions League final against Manchester City with Inter Milan. He may return to the competition next season in black and white instead of black and blue. Loud telegraph there have already been talks between the parties. The 26-year-old midfielder would probably be available for 58 million euros.

Federico Chiesa

In the event of a change in Newcastle, Barella may even meet a compatriot. Federico Chiesa should be able to imagine a future in the Premier League. It is fitting that Liverpool, Manchester United and Newcastle are said to be interested in a commitment. According to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, his current club Juventus demand a transfer fee of 44 million euros for the striker. Last reported Raithat FC Bayern Munich is also interested in Chiesa.

Gabrielle Veiga

After a strong season at the Spanish medium-sized company Celta Vigo, Gabri Veiga should be ready for bigger tasks. The 21-year-old midfielder has been linked to a number of big clubs, with the name Newcastle already mentioned as a possible target.

Felix Nmecha

The 22-year-old midfielder from Germany already has experience with a nouveau riche club: Felix Nmecha played for Manchester City in his youth before moving to VfL Wolfsburg in 2021. The telegraph now links him to a return to England – but in addition to Newcastle, Borussia Dortmund is also considered interested.


A bet between Newcastle and Dortmund could also be in the offing for Rogério. Loud calciomercato Both clubs are scrambling to sign the 25-year-old Sassuolo Calcio left-back. His greatest strength: the crazy pace. According to reports, Rogério would cost 15 to 20 million euros.

Min Jae Kim

Everything currently points to a change of Min-jae Kim to FC Bayern Munich. But maybe Newcastle still lures with a salary that the 26-year-old central defender from SSC Napoli cannot refuse? In July, Kim would have a release clause of around 50 million euros.

Amine Adli

As with Kim, FC Bayern and Newcastle are reportedly both trying to get Amine Adli from Bayer 04 Leverkusen. The Guardians recently reported on Newcastle’s interest in the 23-year-old winger. According to the report, AC Milan and Arsenal FC are also interested in Adli’s services. The transfer fee is around 30 million euros.

Moussa Diaby

Maybe one Leverkusen player isn’t enough for Newcastle, apart from Adli there is Guardians– Also reportedly interested in Moussa Diaby. The 23-year-old is said to be more willing to talk on the part of Leverkusen – provided that the transfer fee of around 70 million euros is met.

Josh Griffiths

The 21-year-old England Under-21 national keeper Josh Griffiths is traded as the new number two behind first-choice goalkeeper Nick Pope. He currently plays for second division side West Bromwich Albion.