Newcastle United have made some positive progress in the transfer market so far ahead of the new season with the signatures of both Kenedy and Martin Dubravka secured, but it appears their next move will involve a high-profile sale.
The deal in question is, of course, that of Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham. According to the London Evening Standard, the Cottagers are edging closer to confirming a deal for the Serbia international for £20 million following a mightily impressive loan spell with the club last season.
Naturally, the transfer will arrive as a disappointment to Newcastle supporters who never saw Mitrovic in full flow. Indeed, the club could be made to regret their decision to sell if he manages to emulate his Championship form in the top-flight next season.
But for a club who are notoriously strapped for cash, £20 million could help the Magpies to make at least one and possibly two game-changing signings ahead of the new season.
The obvious place to start recruiting new talent would be in attacking positions, as the likes of Dwight Gayle and Joselu struggled to impress at the spearhead of the attack last season.
And with doubts lingering over Matt Ritchie’s future, Newcastle’s front line could be an entirely different prospect altogether next season.
The arrival of Kenedy has already put Newcastle in a promising position to retain their Premier League status once again next season, but the club cannot continue to rely on the Brazilian to provide the majority of their attacking spark in the final-third.
With that in mind, here’s what Newcastle’s front-three could look like when the season gets underway in August…