Newcastle’s big-money takeover is set to make the Tyneside club the richest in the Premier League. There have been no shortage of links to high-profile transfers but which stand the best chance of materialising?
Here’s my take on some of the current favourites to sign for Newcastle before the 31st of January available right now.
Philippe Coutinho – 17/10
Coutinho’s future at Barcelona has been uncertain for some time. The Catalan side are keen to sell but only a select few clubs will be able to afford the pricey Brazilian. Bayern Munich have reportedly negated on the option to make his loan deal permanent and his former employers, Liverpool, have moved on.
A newly rich Newcastle may well be the answer. Coutinho represents the sort of marquee signing their new owners will no doubt want to make. What’s more, it is thought Coutinho would welcome the opportunity to return to England. The deal appears to tick all the relevant boxes for all concerned parties and looks good to go ahead.
Verdict – Good Bet
Salomon Rondon – 11/4
A Newcastle fan favourite during his year in the North East, Rondon could be in line for a return in the coming months. Rafa Benitez was a big fan of the Venezuelan target man and could also be making an imminent return to Newcastle, giving further credibility to the rumour. Both Benitez and Rondon are currently contracted to Chinese side, Dalian Yifeng.
The Magpies are in desperate need of a striker and should have no problem covering Rondon’s wages should they choose to make an approach. It may not be the most high-profile name linked with Newcastle but at 11/4 represents good value.
Verdict – Good Bet
John McGinn – 11/4
The Scottish international has had an excellent debut Premier League campaign with Aston Villa but could be on the move in the not-too-distant future. Villa will surely have their hand forced should they go down and signing McGinn would be a shrewd piece of business for Newcastle.
McGinn wouldn’t come cheap but would be a huge improvement in the centre of midfield for the Magpies. There is likely to be plenty of interest from other Premier League clubs and the deal may well rest on Aston Villa’s ability to survive the drop.
Verdict – Wait and See
Gareth Bale – 4/1
The Real Madrid wantaway was close to making a move to China at the start of the season before the deal was blocked by the club. Almost one year on and Bale’s future appears no clearer.
There’s no doubting Bale’s talent but at the wrong side of 30 and likely to be demanding astronomical wages, there’s likely to be wiser investments to make for Newcastle. A lot of things will have to align to get this deal over the line and at 4/1, there’s better value elsewhere.
Verdict – Avoid
(All odds courtesy of Paddy Power and accurate as of 10/06/2020)