This summer, Newcastle wants to be very offensive on the transfer market. The Magpies will launch an attack on several prime targets, who are in the process of being bought by PCP Capital Partners.
Currently 13th in the Premier League, Newcastle dreams of returning to the front of the English and European scene. Since 1927, the club in the north-east of England has been trying to climb to the top of the bill, falling just short of the title in 1996 and 1997, behind Manchester United.
At that time, NUFC had in its ranks the top scorer of the championship, the Englishman Alan Shearer and the international three-color attacking midfielder David Ginola. Since then, the club has had to settle for a third place in 2003, and has had difficult periods punctuated by several passages in the Championship.
Today the Magpies, owned by Mike Ashley since 2007, are in the process of being bought by PCP Capital Partners. A company supported by the Saudi Public Investment FUND, a fund Saudi investment controlled by Prince Mohammed bin Salman. And to try to make fans dream, the future owners want to hit hard by signing players of international caliber on each line.
According to my information, the Magpies officially entered into contact with SC Napoli to sign the Senegalese international defender Kalidou Koulibaly. At the age of 28, the one who arrived from Genk in 2014 takes the form of a real wall behind. A very complete defender just as good in anticipation as in duels. Reluctant in the past, the sulphurous Neapolitan president Aurelio De Laurentiis is now open to a departure from his defensive rock.
But for that, it will be necessary to spend at least 80 M € to get the services of the Neapolitan number 26. For his part, if Koulibaly feels good in his club – to the point of having recently bought a new property in Naples – he has always had an attraction for England. An opportunity that the Magpies would like to seize.
In attack, Newcastle dreams of Cavani and Fekir
While a departure was envisaged last winter, Edinson Cavani finally remained at PSG to end the season. At the end of the contract on June 30, the 33-year-old Uruguayan forward will have no trouble rebounding if he wishes to leave Paris club.
The question now is where? Free on June 30, “El Matador” has been approached by a good number of clubs (Atlético de Madrid, Boca Juniors, Flamengo, Palmeiras) but has not yet decided on its future destination. And Newcastle intends to take advantage of it.
Indeed, the Magpies dream of being able to recruit the best scorer in the history of PSG (200 goals). To try to convince him, the English leaders are ready to offer him a gold contract.
To rebuild, they also plan to turn to a former player in the French championship: Nabil Fekir. Author of a successful first season with Betis (7 goals, 6 assists), the former Lyonnais is today the heyday of the Spanish club.
Adopted by Sevillian supporters, the 2018 world champion is one of the priority targets to strengthen the Magpies’ line of attack. But as AS explained, the Verdiblancos would only be ready to discuss from € 50 million for a player under contract until 2023.