Newcastle United’s summer transfer window would have looked very different had the club been the subject of a successful takeover, which could have seen the likes of Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres arrive.
The Magpies were subject to intense takeover talks throughout the summer and at one stage the Saudi Arabian-based consortium had agreed a £305 million buyout of the club, as per Chronicle Live. However, the deal fell through after the bid to purchase the club was withdrawn.
Steve Bruce had been hoping to use the potential funds that could have been available had a takeover been completed to add to his squad. The Magpies budget was set to be increased to around £80 million had the takeover gone through, as per Chronicle Live.
That would have given Newcastle the funds needed to move for targets such as Ake, who moved to Manchester City for £40 million, and also Torres, who arrived at the Etihad Stadium for £20m. The St. James’ Park outfit were also considering a move for Lille striker Victor Osimhen, who eventually joined Napoli.
Newcastle did eventually spend around £35 million to sign Callum Wilson and Jamal Lewis from Bournemouth and Norwich City. There were also the arrivals of Jeff Hendrick, Ryan Fraser and Mark Gillespie on free transfers to further bolster the first-team squad.
It would have been an exciting summer for all connected with the Magpies had that takeover been completed. The likes of Ake, Torres and Osimhen are all quality players which is clearly outlined by the fact they all ended up playing for clubs competing at the top of their domestic leagues.
There had been talk of Newcastle moving for even higher profile players, but this alternative transfer list shows that there was a clear plan in place to build up slowly but with the right sort of quality targets. Newcastle, though, did at least enjoy a somewhat productive window given the circumstance they found themselves in when the takeover fell through.
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