It was always going to happen once the takeover was complete, and it’s already started: Newcastle United are being linked with absolutely everyone.

We’ve already seen the newly rich Magpies placed alongside Federico Chiesa, and now it’s Marcelo Brozović at Inter, whose contract with the Serie A club expires in 2022.

Tuttosport are the ones bringing it forward, revealing that after both Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea enquiring, it’s Newcastle who have made a move ‘through the work of a few emissaries’.

It’s said Steve Bruce’s side have transmitted ‘their strong appreciation of the player to his entourage’ and, should the renewal talks with Inter not going well, their ability to ‘propose a lavish and generous compensation to the 28-year-old’.

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Brozović himself has so far turned down most offers that have been put forward to him as he wants to stay at Inter, but that could all change if the Italians don’t give him the wages he feels he deserves.

Tuttosport point out that those in charge of the Serie A side ‘will have to make a little effort’, because with Hakan Calhanoglu currently earning €5m, anything below that has ‘limited possibilities of being accepted’.

Anything above that ‘could be considered’, but the ideal wage would be a four-year contract worth €6-6.5m a year plus bonuses.

There’s still time for all of this to be resolved, yet there’s also temptations elsewhere, and with Newcastle now flush with cash, they could end up, should the project be clear and start to blossom, become a very attractive destination for players over the next few months.