Newcastle use ownership change to muscle into race for prolific PSG ace
Newcastle United have entered the race to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Mauro Icardi following the completion of their takeover, according to reports.
Expectations are already building for Newcastle after the ownership of the club changed hands. They are now led by the Saudi-led Public Investment Fund, who have an 80 percent stake in the club, and Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers, who have an equal share of the remaining percentage.
Thanks to the backing of their new owners, Newcastle will be a force to be reckoned with in the transfer market. There has been much anticipation already about the calibre of player they could sign.
After Mike Ashley was reluctant to back his managers in the latter years of his ownership, it will be a cause of excitement for the Toon Army.
There are several areas of the Newcastle squad that could be strengthened. It will be a long-term process, but one of the immediate areas of concern is up front.
The options currently available to Steve Bruce are Callum Wilson, Joelinton and Dwight Gayle. If they want to show intent in January, it would be a wise area of their squad to invest in.
According to one report in Italy, Icardi could be a solution.
The Argentine forward was recently linked with Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus by Calciomercato. The same source now adds Newcastle to the list of teams in contention.
Icardi would be an instant upgrade on Newcastle’s current attacking options. He has hit double figures in all competitions across the past seven seasons between his time with Inter Milan and PSG.
After the Ligue 1 giants’ addition of Lionel Messi in the summer, though, his future is unclear. Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are the starting trio on paper that everyone has been talking about.
Icardi has still managed three goals from four Ligue 1 starts and four substitute appearances so far this season. But in the long term, he may be the casualty of their big summer investment in the wages of Messi and many other free agents they signed.
Three suitors for Icardi transfer
Newcastle now have the financial power to afford his transfer fee and wages. Whether they will make such an acquisition as January remains to be seen.
It is also worth noting that Icardi is still under contract at PSG until 2024. Therefore, he is in no immediate hurry to decide his future. Given that Newcastle currently occupy a place in the Premier League’s relegation zone, they may not be the most appealing destination just yet.
But their new owners have big plans and want to establish the club as an elite force over time. If 28-year-old Icardi can be convinced, he could be an interesting option to pursue.
However, Juventus remain in the battle to take him back to Italy after his previous stint with their rivals Inter. A clause designed to dissuade such a deal has now expired, meaning he could opt for a return to Serie A.
Alternatively, Tottenham could provide him with a different route into the Premier League. He would be a potential replacement for Harry Kane if they sell the England captain. Spurs are more established at European level than Newcastle at present.
Icardi has plenty of time to pick his next move if he doesn’t getting the space he deserves in Paris.
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