Newcastle United Target Barcelona Star as First Signing After Take Over

Published 10/08/2021, 3:00 PM EDT


When Sergio Aguero signed for Manchester City in 2011, it took the club to unprecedented heights. What followed was a host of Premier League titles and domestic cups. Manchester City’s new owners invested heavily into the club and thus began their reigning dominance. However, after recent developments, Newcastle United fans will hope for a similar turnaround in their fortune.

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The Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund has bought the club and will be looking to make a big impact. Looking to rebuild their squad, they have this Barcelona player high on the list.

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Philippe Coutinho is on the radar

The first player they are looking at is former Premier League sensation, Philippe Coutinho. He is currently playing in Barcelona while the club faces an unprecedented financial debt. Hence, Barca might be open to off-loading players in the January transfer window which works in favor of Newcastle’s new owners.

Notably, the club wanted to sell the player in the summer, but there were not enough offers coming in. Thus, with the new ownership in place, Barcelona wants 50 million pounds for the player of the new management in England. The player was inducted into the PFA Team of the Year in 2015.

The move, however, does seem strange from Newcastle’s perspective. Coutinho has not enjoyed his time in Spain and has failed to impress in recent appearances.

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The richest club in the world- Newcastle United

After this takeover, Newcastle United has the richest owners in the world. Having been bought for 300 million pounds, Mike Ashley’s torrid time has ended with the club. Now, the fans want success.

The club became the English Division champions back in 1927, and they won their last major piece of silverware in 1955. They have not won a game this season and lie 19th in the table.

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Undoubtedly, players like Allan Saint-Maximin are the future of this club. However, with the potential arrival of Coutinho, a rebuilding process will be underway.

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With Mbappe available in the summer, it would be a major coup if they can get that done. However, it does seem a bridge too far. What are your thoughts about Newcastle’s takeover?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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