Newcastle will showcase their transfer intentions by finalising four quick-fire raids on Old Trafford for four of Manchester United’s unwanted stars, claims a report.
The Toon Army and their supporters must be rubbing their eyes in disbelief following last week’s £300m buyout of Mike Ashley. The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, has been listed as the chair of PIF, with his value ranging from £250bn to £320bn. That, in turn, makes Newcastle the richest club in the world.
And with money seemingly no object when it comes to strengthening the side, Newcastle will soon become major players in the Premier League.
On Friday, the first name of that rebuild was suggested to be former Liverpool man Philippe Coutinho. He has struggled since a £142m move to Barcelona almost four years ago.
Over the weekend, the likes of Keylor Navas and Mauro Icardi were mentioned as potential options. And director Amanda Staveley also responded to questions about a move for the likes of Kylian Mbappe.
However, their initial dealings are far more likely to be closer to home. And with that in mind, the Manchester Evening News claims they are working on the signings of four United players.
And United forward Anthony Martial is emerging as their top pick. The France international is reportedly considering his options having fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford.
Martial’s time as a United regular appear over following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo. As a result, he could be offloaded for a sizeable fee.
Newcastle though will not stop there and also reportedly fancy a move for Jesse Lingard.
He rejuvenated his career at West Ham last season and now looks well liked by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But with his contract expiring next summer, United remain vulnerable to his sale and a January exit could well be sanctioned.
It’s not just attacking players on their transfer radar either. They claim a move for Eric Baily is also firmly in their transfer thinking.
The defender has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford following the signing of Raphael Varane. And with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof competing, his chances of game-time are clearly limited.
Newcastle make Van de Beek transfer push
The 24-year-old has struggled to make a tangible impact since moving to Old Trafford from Ajax in 2020. That was despite a hefty initial outlay of £35m prompting high hopes he would quickly adapt.
The Dutchman was reportedly on Everton’s wishlist over the summer. Now recent reports suggest the Toffees will revisit that deal in the winter window.
But per Shira, Newcastle are in the mix too. Shira tweeted ‘Newcastle also want him’ after initially detailing the beginnings of Juventus’ approach.
Shira reiterated that a January exit for Van de Beek is a distinct possibility. He then stated Juventus chief Federico Cherubini has already made contact with Van de Beek’s agent, Guido Albers.
The Turin club are reportedly seeking a ‘loan deal with an option to buy’. And if Shira’s tweet is accurate, Newcastle and also Everton have their work cut out to sign the midfielder after Juventus took their first step toward a deal.