Speculation over transfers to St. James’ Park has been rife since the Saudi takeover of Tyneside turned the Magpies into one of the richest clubs in world football.
Of course, there aren’t any Newcastle fans who expect Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland to pack their bags in Europe and move to the North East, for now anyway.
However, the first of them is out of contract at PSG this summer and with Newcastle’s newfound wealth, a deal could theoretically be possible.
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Of course, financial fair play would have a say and most likely ban that kind of move, but as we’ve known from Man City’s rise to world domination, stranger things have happened.
The Magpies’ perilous position in the league is also one of the biggest hurdles for Newcastle, but if they manage to recruit well in January, contract prerequisites with some superstars could be negotiated.
It should be noted that Newcastle would not be able to sign pre-contracts with Premier League players who are out of contract next summer as regulations do not allow clubs to start talks with players in the same division. one month before their contract expires.
We took a look at some of the biggest European players who are out of contract next summer that Newcastle could in theory tie to a pre-contractual deal.
Go big or go home, right?
After Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar, there is arguably no greater talent in world football than Kylian Mbappe.
As the three former superstars near the end of their careers, Mbappe is billed as a future Balon D’or winner and possibly one of football’s next greats.
Real Madrid and Liverpool have been linked with a forward move in recent transfer windows, but the emergence of Newcastle’s mega-piggy bank has seen them step into the fold.
Of course, many of those rumors have been ironic and very few people could actually see the Frenchman move to Tyneside next summer, but he is out of contract at PSG next summer.
Newcastle should do everything they can and make a real statement if they bring the 23-year-old to Tyneside.
Perhaps a more serious signing next summer, although still a statement signing, would be the contract preconditions agreement with Ousmane Dembele.
The French striker was one of the brightest young talents in European football when he moved from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona, but couldn’t really take it to another level, in part due to the rebirth that the he Catalan team has known in recent years. .
Nonetheless, Dembele is one of the talents to have been linked with a move to Tyneside in recent months after contract negotiations ended at Camp Nou.
However, that was before club legend Xavi arrived who stressed he was keen to keep Dembele at the club.
Another player plying his trade at one of the biggest clubs in Europe is Paulo Dybala.
There has already been a lot of speculation regarding his future, but is he any good?
The creative midfielder who is also capable of playing anywhere on the front, has scored 77 goals in 193 appearances for Juventus since leaving Palermo.
The Argentina international has yet to play outside of his homeland or Italy, but has been a regular with the old lady in the Champions League and his international pedigree is here for everyone.
The 28-year-old has been tipped for a move elsewhere next summer, but the return of Max Allegri has prompted talk of keeping Dybala in Turin.
Another European superstar who has been linked with a move to Tyneside.
Marcelo Brozovic’s contract is set to expire this summer and could start talks with the Magpies in January.
The Croatia international was linked with a move to St. James’ Park last month with rumors that an exceptional contract would be offered by the new owners of Newcastle.
A World Cup finalist with his national team in 2018, the midfielder has also sparked interest from Chelsea, but Inter Milan are keen to keep the 29-year-old at San Siro.
One of the key figures of the Euro2020 winning Italian team.
Lorenzo Insigne is out of contract at Napoli next summer and could be one of the big name signings on Newcastle’s shopping list.
Of course, a lot would depend on which division the Magpies are in and the Napoli striker has spent his entire career at Gli Azzurri.
The Serie A outfit is naturally keen to keep its talisman at the club.
The 30-year-old has racked up more than 300 appearances for his childhood club and just under a century of goals.
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