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Newcastle latest: Luke Edwards shares insight on next season’s squad

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The Daily Telegraph’s Luke Edwards has shared some insight as to what the Newcastle United squad will look like next season. 

What’s the latest Newcastle United news?

Having been soundly beaten by both Liverpool and Manchester City in recent weeks, the gap between Newcastle and the top teams has only been underlined. Clearly, there is little shame in losing to arguably the best two sides in the world at the moment, but there is little doubt the club’s PIF owners will want to see an improvement next season.

That’s not to suggest Eddie Howe’s team will be expected to start challenging for the Premier League title, although it’s hard to imagine results such as a 5-0 loss will be accepted in the years to come.

Naturally, it’s tempting to think Newcastle’s squad will look almost entirely different next season. In a post-takeover era, the likes of Neymar, Antonio Rudiger and Darwin Nunez have all been linked with a move.

Still, that does not look realistic. The Athletic’s Chris Waugh revealed FFP concerns mean Newcastle will look to sign between 4-6 players this summer for around £60-80m and Edwards gave some further insight as to what the squad will likely look like.

What did Edwards say about Newcastle transfer’s activity?

Writing on Twitter, Edwards said: “Most of the starting XI will survive in terms of still being at the club next season but three or four of them will become back up not first choice. The main clear out is players who can’t get a game or haven’t even made squad. The money – or lack of it – they bring in is crucial.”

Who could leave Newcastle this summer?

Miguel Almiron, despite his recent resurgence, has frequently been touted as a player who could leave St James’ Park at the end of the season.

Allan Saint-Maximin is another and the Frenchman looks like Newcastle’s most sellable asset, despite his popularity amongst the fanbase.

Elsewhere, Jamaal Lascelles, Isaac Hayden, Jamal Lewis, Dwight Gayle, Ciaran Clark and Matt Ritchie could all reportedly leave.

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