Mark Douglas has mapped out what this summer’s transfer window could potentially look like for Newcastle United.
The Magpies became the biggest January spenders in Premier League history earlier this season, splashing out more than £90m on five new players.
They are now one of the wealthiest clubs in world football following their autumn takeover by a Saudi-led consortium, and the new regime harbours grandiose long-term ambitions of building a squad capable of competing for club football’s top prizes.
Douglas wrote for i News that Darwin Nunez is a ‘prime target’ for Newcastle, but he added that they may need to fork out £60m to persuade Benfica to part with the Uruguay striker.
Newcastle already have an agreement in place with Aston Villa to make Matt Targett’s loan permanent, while they are also planning to reignite their pursuit of Sven Botman.
In terms of outgoings, the Magpies are apparently willing to let as many as seven players leave St James’ Park. Among those on the transfer list are Dwight Gayle, Ciaran Clark and former captain Isaac Hayden.
What sort of outlay are we looking at, then?
As above, Nunez is likely to cost around £60m, and Transfermarkt estimate that Botman has a value of £27m. Meanwhile, a report from The Chronicle has revealed that the fee agreed for Targett is in the region of £15m, making a total of around £102m on prospective incomings.
In terms of those touted for the exit, Gayle is rated at £1.8m, Clark at £2.25m and Hayden at a more lucrative £9m (via Transfermarkt). That’s an intake of just over £13m, but there could be four other players offloaded too, so Newcastle may reap a substantial amount from player sales to go along with their projected nine-figure summer spend.
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