Newcastle could scupper Chelsea plans in two windows after settling on ‘prime target’ 

Date published: Tuesday 19th October 2021 3:24 - Steve Pearson

Germany internationals Niklas Sule Leroy Sane and Antonio Rudiger 2021

Newcastle have installed a Germany international as a ‘prime’ transfer target, in a move that could derail Chelsea’s hopes in both the January and summer windows, per a report.

Newcastle are expected to flex their financial muscles and attack the January transfer window. If the desire to spend big wasn’t already strong enough, the threat of relegation will ensure the new owners dig deep into their pockets.

A plethora of names from England and across Europe have been linked. While new faces in the attacking areas would generate the biggest headlines, the Magpies’ greatest need is arguably at the back.

Indeed, another dismal defensive display last time out against Tottenham highlighted their need to strengthen at the back.

Now, Sports Mole (citing German newspaper Bild), reveal Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule is on their radar.

The giant centre-back, 26, is in the final year of his contract in Bavaria. An early-October report indicated a contract impasse is showing no signs of giving way.

As such, Chelsea were touted as a potential landing spot if Sule were to depart the German powerhouse.

Chelsea have their own issues at centre-back to resolve with Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen all due to become free agents next summer.

While a contract extension for Christensen is believed to be close, the outlook on Rudiger seems far less certain.

Chelsea could attempt to sign Sule for a cut-price fee in January. Instead, they could try convince Sule to sign a pre-contract agreement ahead of a free agent switch in the summer.

Put per Bild, Newcastle are now a threat to scupper both of those plans. The article claims they have identified Sule as a ‘prime target’ to improve their defensive ranks.

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Meanwhile, Newcastle United are now in talks with Eddie Howe over the prospect of becoming their next manager, according to reports.

Several names have already been linked with the potential vacancy as Steve Bruce’s time in charge nears its end.

But the Mirror say Newcastle are now discussing the chance of Howe taking charge.

Howe has been out of work since leaving Bournemouth following their relegation from the Premier League in 2020. There was the chance for him to join Celtic earlier this year, but it fell through.

Newcastle are now considering offering him a route back into the Premier League. Although, opinion is split among the hierarchy over who the next coach should be.

They want to make a decision quickly, though, and ideally have a new boss in place for Saturday’s trip to face Crystal Palace.

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