With Saudia Arabia’s Public Investment Fund this week confirming their purchase of Newcastle United, there’s been endless suggestions about potential signings the Premier League club could make.
It’s an absolute certainty that there’ll be repeat claims in the European media in coming months, and that intermediaires will be trying to build deals they can then present to the Magpies.
Some players just seem obvious options, such as Philippe Coutinho and Aaron Ramsey, and the former is now already the subject of claims in Spain.
Sport, a Catalan newspaper, report the Brazilian’s entourage was in contact with the Saudi fund over the summer, however, no deal could be arranged because the takeover was blocked at the time.
There’s now a suggestion from Sport that things can get going again, and that would be good news for Barcelona and their struggling finances.
The Blaugrana are ‘willing to negotiate’ Coutinho’s exit from the Camp Nou, so Newcastle interest would be good news for them.
A permanent transfer is desired, and Barca are looking for €50m, although it’s near certain that figure would come down in negotiations.