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Agent of Inter centre-back ‘hopes Newcastle call him’ amid strong links

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The agent of Inter Milan defender Alessandro Bastoni has seemingly invited Newcastle United’s new owners to give him a call if they want to sign his client.

The Magpies are expected to spend heavily over the next few transfer windows after the club’s Saudi-led takeover was finally completed last week. The Public Investment Fund now owns an 80% stake in Newcastle after purchasing the club from its previous owner, Mike Ashley.

A number of high-profile stars have already been linked with a switch to St James’ Park, with the club looking to join the so-called big six in the battle for trophies and Champions League football.

The likes of Harry Kane, Jesse Lingard and Donny van de Beek have all recently been mentioned as targets.

The North-East club are also chasing new centre-back options. Barcelona star Clement Lenglet is another player said to be on their radar, but Bastoni has also emerged as an option.

The agent of the Italy international appears to have put his client forward for a move. That is despite the fact that he only signed a new contract back in May.

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Newcastle have been heavily linked with two men

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Tullio Tinti, who represents the defender, told Tuttomercatoweb: “He signed a contract a short time ago. I haven’t heard from Newcastle yet.

“I hope they will call me, but he is very happy at the Nerazzurri for now.”

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Door opens for Newcastle to land Juve star

Meanwhile, Newcastle may have had the door to their first marquee signing opened with a report suggesting Juventus are looking to offload one of their targets.

The Magpies’ well-documented Saudi takeover has prompted significant discussion about who they could sign in the upcoming transfer windows. Many of the names that have been thrown about seem somewhat unrealistic. But this player is definitely a possibility.

That’s because his Italian owners are willing to sell him. He would also not be considered as a reckless use of the new cash injection.

Fikayo Tomori and Adrien Rabiot battle for possession in AC Milan vs Juventus, September 2021

According to Calciomercarto, midfielder Adrien Rabiot has emerged as a target for the Toon after their new owners successfully took over.

Juve are looking to offload Rabiot as they need to sell before they can buy. And they have their eyes on two targets, as per the report.

They want to bring in either highly-rated Monaco youngster Aurelien Tchouameni or Manchester United man Donny van de Beek.

Tchouameni, 21, has burst onto the radar of a number of top European clubs, including LiverpoolJurgen Klopp is reportedly desperate to sign him.

United have also been mentioned, while Chelsea and Real Madrid are in the discussion too.

Now Juve have entered the fray. Selling Rabiot would help fund their approach. It would also shift €7m of wages a year off their books.

The France international has less than two years left on his contract in Turin. Therefore, a deal would be relatively cheap.

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