Newcastle are ready to flex their muscles in the upcoming transfer market after becoming the richest club in the world.
And, according to reports, there are four Manchester United players on their wishlist.
Newcastle are under new ownership as of Thursday after a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium completed the £300million purchase of the club from former chairman Mike Ashley.
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, is the man behind theSaudi Public Investment Fund, butAmanda Staveley will be the person in charge of making decisions at Newcastle.
A Premier League statement read: “The Premier League, Newcastle United Football Club and St James Holdings Limited have today settled the dispute over the takeover of the club by the consortium of PIF, PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media.
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“The legal disputes concerned which entities would own and/or have the ability to control the club following the takeover. All parties have agreed the settlement is necessary to end the long uncertainty for fans over the club’s ownership.
“The Premier League has now received legally binding assurances that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will not control Newcastle United Football Club. All parties are pleased to have concluded this process which gives certainty and clarity to Newcastle United Football Club and their fans.”
Newcastle have been struggling for form this season and currently sit second-bottom in the Premier League.
But they are expected to splash some considerable cash when the transfer window opens in January and have already been linked with a handful of top-drawer players.
According to the Manchester Evening News, there are four Red Devils stars who are on Newcastle’s radar ahead of January.
The report claims out-of-favour Anthony Martial is on the list with the France international considering his options after falling down the pecking order at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signed Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo this summer and Martial has been limited to just five Premier League appearances so far this season.
Jesse Lingard is alleged to be another Man United player Newcastle are interested in.
The England star set the Premier League alight last season when he joined West Ham on loan for half a year but has found game time harder to come by once again upon his return to Old Trafford.
It’s not just attacking players on Newcastle’s wishlist, with the report suggesting out-of-favour centre back Eric Bailly may be signed to bolster the Magpies’ defence.
The final player linked with Newcastle is Donny van de Beek, who has not had a consistent run in the Manchester United squad since joining in a £30million transfer from Ajax in 2020.