Luke Edwards has provided some interesting insight into the kind of budget Newcastle United will have to play with this summer.
What’s the latest Newcastle United transfer news?
After an ambitious January expenditure to have landed headline-grabbing arrivals in the form of Kieran Trippier and Bruno Guimaraes, it’s fascinating to ponder just what Newcastle can do in the summer window under the PIF ownership.
Indeed, journalist Dean Jones told the Touchline Talk Podcast in February that “we’ve seen the B-list of targets” and that the “A-list” could be targeted when the summer window opens.
Still, anyone expecting silly season might be disappointed. Eddie Howe wasn’t keen to completely wreck the club’s wage structure in January and, such is the impressive level of team harmony, it seems unwise to do so only a few months later.
Obviously, it seems incredibly likely there will be far more investment into the team, it’s just that the club have so much growing to do and trying to go too fast might prove to be detrimental long-term.
How much will Newcastle spend this summer?
Already, the club have been linked with moves for the likes of Neymar and Antonio Rudiger.
As dubious as those reports may be (and taken amongst most of the support), it’s still bizarre to see Newcastle linked with such names.
Rather than chase superstar additions in the summer, it seems Newcastle will approach the window looking for quality over quantity.
“I’ve been told it’s less than the £90m in January,” wrote Edwards on Twitter.
“That doesn’t include player sales obviously and they need to move players on. Squad already too big. There are loans and free transfers too. It’s not a negative.”
Who needs to leave Newcastle?
Howe has previously mentioned the fact that some players could probably do with leaving after the January arrivals.
On that front, Jamal Lewis and Ciaran Clark are already said to have rejected loan moves away so surely their long-term futures must be in doubt. Miguel Almiron is another to have been linked away, while pundit Paul Robinson has suggested captain Jamaal Lascelles is on “borrowed time”.