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Newcastle takeover could give Manchester United a transfer boost

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As unsavoury as the Saudi Arabia-led takeover of Newcastle United might be, there will be no shortage of agents, clubs and players ready to help the newfound riches in the north east recirculate this summer.

The takeover, which is reportedly heading closer to completion, will come at a fascinating time, with Newcastle likely to be aggressive in a transfer market that is otherwise going to be devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.

While most clubs count the cost of three months without football and a short-term future without matchday revenue, Newcastle will welcome a significant injection of funds into their coffers.

The ethical questions over the takeover have been covered in detail, but it increasingly looks like the takeover will be waved through by the Premier League. Once it’s completed we will have a better understanding of Newcastle’s approach this summer.

Winning trophies is clearly going to be the ultimate aim. Saudi Arabia aren’t getting into Premier League football for relegation battles and mid-table finishes.

To get there they will need to invest on the pitch and as we’ve seen before with takeovers, that is a gradual process. Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba won’t be rocking up at St James’ Park anytime soon.

Instead, Newcastle will have to build step-by-step before they can target the elite players. That could present an opportunity to several Premier League clubs, with Manchester United chief among them.

It may be that Newcastle’s money this summer begins to get the transfer market moving, recirculating that wealth around the game, and United will hope to benefit.

For whoever is in charge of Newcastle this summer looks to strengthen the squad, a degree of experience at the highest level might well be seen as beneficial, in raising standards all around the club.

United’s squad continues to look a little bloated under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and three or four squad players are expected to be allowed to leave this summer, if suitable offers arrive.

Chief among them you would expect to see Phil Jones, who has struggled for game time in the second half of this season and looks surplus to requirements in Solskjaer’s new look defence. The dent left in the finances of Serie A clubs could also scupper Chris Smalling’s hopes of a permanent transfer to Roma.

Both Jones and Smalling could provide an experienced defensive option for Newcastle and come with Premier League titles to their name. They’ve struggled in recent years at Old Trafford but as Smalling has proved this year a change of scene can be beneficial.

In midfield Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira could also find their first-team chances diminish if Solskjaer lands another attacking midfielder this summer, with Jack Grealish from Aston Villa the top target.

Lingard’s form has been disappointing all season and with his contract expiring in 2021 a parting of the ways looks like it might be the best course of action for both parties this summer.

It’s been a similar story for Pereira. The 24-year-old only signed a new four-year contract 14 months ago and while he’s had some brighter moments this season, his path to the first team would look increasingly difficult if Grealish joined Bruno Fernandes in United’s midfield.

United’s hopes of completing Solskjaer’s aim of three new additions this summer might hinge on how many fringe players they can manage to sell as well. The transfer window was looking like it was going to be a difficult one for incomings and outgoings, but the fresh finance that looks set to arrive at Newcastle could yet provide an opportunity.

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