Newcastle should emerge as big players in the transfer market over the coming seasons, but their takeover will not come as an immediate threat to Manchester United.
In a £ 305 million seismic deal, Magpies has new owners after a consortium backed by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund (PIF) signed a deal with now-former chairman Mike Ashley.
It’s an eye-catching move that actually makes them the richest club on the planet.
First up for Newcastle and interim manager Graeme Jones is the prospect of a relegation battle.
They actually have to stay in the Premier League to keep their dreams of high-profile signatures alive – but there are also a few stumbling blocks in the way when it comes to transfer deals.
This is the message from Romelu Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello.
The Italian offered insurance to United, Manchester City and other big players in the UK and told Sky Sports: “Newcastle have great potential, but they should not only be driven by money. Of course they have to pay more than Chelsea, Man. United and the like clubs, but they need to create a sense of a project over time.
“Forcing the top players to come to Newcastle because of money is dangerous because after the first difficulties they will give up. It’s a bit like the problem they have in Paris now. They pay a lot of money – more than others probably – for to convince because the league is not at the same level as the Premier League or Serie A or La Liga.
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“Ultimately, if players only move for the money – and not the feeling of being happy and being part of a project – then it will be complicated to reach a high level of success. Newcastle should not make this mistake.
“Newcastle are not Paris in terms of the beauty of the city. Supporters should not put too much pressure. It is really a slow project that they are doing in Nice, for example. They are creating a strong base.”
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