Newcastle United have no ambition to spend big on Neymar this summer as the club’s hierarchy outlines a prudent financial approach.
A recent report from Daily Telegraph has offered useful details on Newcastle United’s transfer policy. Following the takeover, coupled with a spending spree in January, many expect the Magpies to attract all the big stars in the upcoming summer transfer window, especially with the owners keen on making NUFC one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Such an ambition had seen them being linked with a sensational move for Neymar in recent weeks. However, it appears the club’s hierarchy has dispelled such speculations and has no intention of spending big on any world-class players in the new season.
The report offers details on how Newcastle United are planning a “pragmatic” approach in relation to their transfer policy in the summer. They want to avoid the PSG policy by spending big on all the star players, packing them into the same team without any long-term vision or identity.
Instead, the Magpies want to back their coach Eddie Howe to only improve certain areas of the squad. In fact, Newcastle’s transfer kitty in the summer could be less than the £90 million they had spent in January, with reports suggesting a figure of around £60 million to be made available.
Newcastle United expect the majority of the additional transfer revenue to be made through player sales, with the likes of Isaac Hayden, Jamal Lewis and Ciaran Clark among the players likely to leave the club. Sean Longstaff is another candidate amid interest from West Bromwich Albion.
Newcastle United expect half of the transfer kitty to be spent on Sven Botman, although the Magpies are reportedly trailing AC Milan in the race to sign the emerging Dutch defender. Fortunately for Eddie Howe, he is not the club’s only option as NUFC have also targeted other centre-backs such as Lloyd Kelly, who has worked with Howe in the past.
Newcastle United are expected to sign a new forward as well. Hugo Ekitike remains the likely option, with the club still keeping an eye on his development in France after missing out on a deal in January.
But one thing is for sure – Newcastle United are unlikely to land world-class players such as Neymar or Eden Hazard so soon after the takeover. They need to build a proper foundation for the existing stars to impose themselves in the Premier League next season before they can set their sights on established individuals.