NEWCASTLE UNITED’S controversial Saudi takeover is back ON after the country’s government resolved its dispute with Qatari broadcaster BeINSports.
Amid news that the £300million deal is set to go through, Toon fans are already dreaming of what their star-studded team could look like after investment from what would be the world’s richest owners.
Fans have long yearned for a competitive team at St James’ Park.
And they could finally get their wish.
A host of top managers have been linked with the post by bookies, including the likes of Antonio Conte and Frank Lampard.
And fans have even dreamed of signing Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe.
Just for fun, let’s take a look at how the Magpies could look next season after phase one of their Saudi-led backing.
The Toon are bound to aim high, so why not try and prise world class goalkeeper Keylor Navas from PSG?
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The Costa Rican, 34, has started seven of the French side’s 11 games so far this season, but it appears just a matter of time before he is replaced full time by Gianluigi Donnarumma.
A club out there is likely to pounce on a player of such quality, so why not Newcastle?
Navas could bring right-back Colin Dagba with him, as the 23-year-old is unlikely to see much action with Achraf Hakimi now at Parc des Princes.
Captain Jamaal Lascelles will play an important role in knitting things together at the club, and he could be joined at the back by highly-rated QPR defender Rob Dickie.
Jamal Lewis could keep his place at left-back, given his potential to improve at just 23.
Homegrown hero Sean Longstaff can anchor a midfielder featuring £25m summer acquisition Joe Willock, and the duo could be joined Aston Villa star John McGinn – with the Scottish sensation having been linked with Newcastle in the past.
Allan Saint-Maximin is a master of getting bums off seats with his incredible dribbling ability and mazy runs.
And a forward like Rangers star Alfredo Morelos could get on the end of Saint-Maximin’s crosses on a more regular basis than Joelinton, as well as adding bite and passion upfront that will be appreciated by the Geordie faithful.
The Welshman proved last season at Spurs that he can still score goals, and the Saudis may be tempted to throw the chequebook at him to add some legitimate star-power to the early days of their project.
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