Newcastle United

Report: Negotiations between would-be NUFC owners & 48y/o manager at a very advanced stage

According to le10sport, Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino is very close to signing a deal to become new Newcastle United manager, with negotiations between him and the club’s would-be owners at a very advanced stage. Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund are edging close to securing a £300 million takeover of the St. James’ Park outfit, and boss Steve Bruce isn’t expected to be in charge next season. Former Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is also on their radar, but it appears that Pochettino is now huge favourites to succeed Bruce. The report claims that the ex-Spurs boss is almost guaranteed to become the next Magpies boss, with only a late change of heart between both parties the only obstacle than can stop it from happening. The 48-year-old spent more than five seasons at Spurs and one...

Newcastle reportedly want £40m player Pep Guardiola once said has ‘a special quality’

According to 90min, Newcastle United are interested in signing John Stones from Premier League rivals Manchester City in the summer transfer window. It has been reported that Newcastle’s prospective new owners, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, have identified the former Everton central defender as a transfer target this summer once they have bought the club from Mike Ashley. The report has added that City will want £40 million as transfer fee for the 25-year-old England international, who has “got a special quality”, according to his manager Pep Guardiola, as quoted in The Guardian in November 2016. Stats Stones has been at City since 2016 when he joined from Premier League rivals Everton. Much was expected of the Englishman when he arrived at the Etihad Stadium, but the defender has...

Report: £70m player could be interested in Newcastle United transfer… on one condition

According to Sky Sports, Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly could be interested in joining Newcastle United in the summer transfer window. It has been reported that Newcastle’s prospective new owners, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, want to sign Koulibaly from Napoli this summer. The report has added that the Senegal international is likely to leave the Italian club at the end of the season and is valued at €80 million (£69.86 million). It has been further claimed if the proposed Newcastle takeover goes through, then the 28-year-old could be interested in a switch to St. James’ Park. Football in England and Italy is suspended at the moment due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it remains to be seen when the season will resume and when the summer transfer window will open. Stat...

Guillem Balague claims 32y/o manager who schooled Mourinho is on Newcastle radar

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce is expected to be replaced by the would-be owners at the end of the season, and the trio of Rafa Benitez, Mauricio Pochettino and Massimiliano Allegri have all been linked with the job. According to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann is also on the radar of the prospective new owners, but he doesn’t see the German leaving the Bundesliga title contenders anytime soon. “What I know for sure that Pochettino, Rafa Benitez and Allegri are the three names on the table for Newcastle. They want to convince one of them, or Nagelsmann. Of course, as ambitious as they are, they want one of those four actually. Nagelsmann as well,” Balague said on his YouTube channel. “I believe Rafa Benitez hasn’t got a call yet, I know that...

Report: Newcastle United want Manchester United-owned £30m player

According to 90min, Newcastle United are interested in signing Chris Smalling from Manchester United in the summer transfer window. Smalling is on loan at Italian club AS Roma from Premier League outfit United at the moment, having made the move in the summer of 2019. The 30-year-old England international central defender is scheduled to go back to his parent club, the Red Devils, at the end of the season. According to 90min, Newcastle will make a move for Smalling once the takeover goes through and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund buys the Magpies from current owner Mike Ashley. It has been claimed that the 30-year-old former Fulham star is valued at £30 million. Stats According to WhoScored, Smalling has made 21 appearances in Serie A for Roma so far this season, scoring two goals a...

‘Might be next week’ – George Caulkin delivers latest update on NUFC takeover

Newcastle United fans remain anxious as they anticipate news of the success of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund’s £300 million takeover of the club. It has been more than a month since it first became very clear that Mike Ashley’s 13-year reign as Magpies owner is coming to an end, and fans can’t wait to see the back of the businessman. The takeover is expected to go through this month, and The Athletic’s George Caulkin has provided an update, claiming the latest timeframe could be next week. While he also believes it could take as long as it has to, he is confident that the takeover remains on the cards, with PiF set to finally take charge of Newcastle going forward. “The latest information I was told from the buying side is that their latest timeframe might be next week, but there i...

Report: Newcastle and West Ham join the race for €50m-rated playmaker

Newcastle and West Ham are interested in signing the Ligue 1 midfielder Morgan Sanson this summer. The midfielder has been linked with a move to the Premier League for a while now. Sanson has done well for Marseille and he has the ability to improve a midtable club like Newcastle or West Ham. That said, the asking price could complicate any transfer for Sanson. As per Le 10 Sport (via Sportwitness), the French outfit will demand around €50m for Sanson. Apparently, Marseille have already turned down a €30m offer for the player in the last few months. Sanson is a good player but he is nowhere close to being a €50m player. It will be interesting to see if Marseille decide to lower their asking price in the coming weeks. Newcastle and West Ham have shown firm interest in the player but it is h...

14 goals this season: Pundit says 23-yr-old ‘would be a great addition to Newcastle’

Paul Robinson claims that the Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek would be a great addition to Newcastle. He said to Football Insider: “I think he would be a great addition to Newcastle and the Premier League. We saw what Ajax did in the Champions League and the way that the Dutch national side has developed as well. This crop or group of young Dutch players coming through is outstanding.” The 23-year-old midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League this summer and it will be interesting to see where he ends up. Van de Beek has been outstanding for Ajax in the Eredivisie and the Champions League. He has 14 goals and 7 assists in all competitions this season. There is no doubt that he is a top-class talent who is destined to develop into a world-class midfielder. If Ne...

Midfielder claims Newcastle teammate could play for Barcelona if he was focused

Matt Ritchie has heaped praise on his Newcastle teammate Jonjo Shelvey. According to the 30-year-old versatile Newcastle star, Shelvey could play for the likes of Barcelona if he stays focused. As per Ritchie, the Newcastle central midfielder has exceptional ability and he could blow teams away if he played for the La Liga giants. However, Shelvey is a big fan of golf and he is often distracted because of that. He said (quotes via Chronicle): “I remember playing against him as a kid – I think he scored a hat-trick, he was unbelievable. “He’s got his moves – ending up at Newcastle. I say to him on regular occasions: ‘if you had your head screwed on you could play for Barcelona’. He’s that good. He’s got everything. “I’ve said to him so many times ‘if you just got head down and focused just ...

Report: Tottenham set to benefit if Newcastle land £19m-a-yr target this month

Newcastle United have been linked with a move for the former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine was relieved of his duties earlier this season and he is free to join the Magpies. However, ESPN claims that Newcastle will have to pay the Londoners a sum of £12.5 million if they hire Pochettino this month. The Magpies will have to wait until next month if they want to bring him in for nothing. Tottenham paid their former manager £12.5m in compensation after his sacking. Apparently, there is a clause that says anyone wishing to appoint the Argentine within six months of his departure from Spurs will have to repay the compensation amount in full. It will be interesting to see what happens in the coming weeks. Newcastle are in the middle of a takeover and they plan to hire a top-...

Ex-Spurs manager finally responds to reports linking him with the Newcastle job

Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas has finally responded to reports linking him with the Newcastle United job, claiming a return to the English Premier League isn’t on the cards. The Portuguese managed Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the English top-flight before leaving for Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2014. Villas-Boas had a stint with Chinese Super League’s Shanghai SIPG prior to joining Marseille last May, and he is one of the managers that has been tipped to succeed Steve Bruce at St. James’ Park once Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund’s £300 million takeover of the Magpies goes through. The 42-year-old has ruled himself out of the running for the job, though, and would-be Newcastle owners will have to look elsewhere. “I do not want to return to the Premier League. I have already do...

Club legend claims Newcastle ‘could have signed’ 40-goal star, still wants him at SJP

Former Newcastle player and club legend Steve Howey has suggested that Newcastle United should go after Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland in the next transfer window. According to widespread reports, the £300 million Newcastle United takeover is close to being done, with the prospective owners waiting for the official confirmation from the Premier League. It has been claimed that the potential Newcastle owners are willing to inject a sum of £200 million in recruitment and infrastructure. Put it simply, they are willing to spend big on buying top players in the transfer market. [embedded content] Howey told Newcastle United fan Steve Wraith during an Instagram live session that Haaland would be a fantastic signing for the club. The 19-year-old striker is...