Newcastle United could arguably produce a takeover masterclass by appointing Antero Henrique after RMC Sport reported that the Saudi investors applying for the prospective takeover in the North East have contacted him about a possibly vacant position of being a sporting director at the Tyneside club.
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As per the outlet, Henrique is free since leaving Paris Saint-Germain a year ago, and he is one of the targets of Saudi investors. The Portuguese man had first contact in recent weeks with representatives of the Public Investment Fund (PIF).
The leaders apparently expressed to the sports director about their desire to build the Magpies into a team capable of competing for the Premier League title, like the investment of Abu Dhabi in Manchester City a few years ago.
No agreement has yet been reached, but Henrique has allegedly been sensitive to the project. Several prerequisites remain before a possible collaboration, the biggest of which is the formalisation of the buyout of the Toon.
The appointment of Henrique could potentially be a major coup for the proposed new owners should he be persuaded to join the project given the work that he already did behind the scenes at PSG.
According to Marca, Henrique was responsible for bringing the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Gianluigi Buffon to the Parc des Princes during his tenure at the French club, all relatively big names in the footballing world.
If the potential new owners at NUFC are ambitious, then they will be hoping to attract big signings to St. James’ Park, a feat that Henrique has a proven track record of and could be highly influential given the money to spend.
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