Whoever the new head coach is this summer at Newcastle, he does not have the final say on incoming or outgoing transfers, so it’s not too surprising that Newcastle are pushing ahead in the transfer market, despite uncertainty on who the head coach will be.
Fabian Schar – FC Basel center-back
The new head coach will be one of a triumvirate on transfers that includes Managing Director Lee Charnley and Chief Scout Graham Carr, and Graham has identified a number of targets for the summer, and we have already been linked with a number of players this week.
Newcastle seem to be active already and news over the last few days is that we had offered Marseilles winger Andre Ayew a new deal.
But some top clubs like Tottenham, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg and Roma are also said to be interested in the 25 year-old Ghanaian winger/striker, who is a free agent in the summer.
Defense is an area Newcastle must strengthen this summer, and we reported that Newcastle are interested in FC Basel’s 23 year-old center-back Fabian Schar yesterday.
But with Arsenal, Juventus and Inter-Milan also after the impressive defender, who will be a free agent in the summer, our chances of signing him would seem to be slim.
The good news is that we are going after some (very) good players – but the bad news is that bigger clubs than Newcastle also seem to be interested in our transfer targets.
The fact that we cannot offer European football to our would be signings could become a major negative for the club this summer, and Newcastle may have to drop down the list to some of our lower level targets.
Another player we have been linked with recently is Levante’s 20 year-old Spanish U21 midfielder Victor Camarasa, who would be available for around £5M in the summer.
Newcastle will want to bring in as many players a possible early in the summer, so they can have a full pre-season under the new head coach – whoever he turns out to be – hopefully somebody from the continent.
And of course we already have center-back Jamaal Lascelles and goalkeeper Karl Darlow joining the first team squad after a season on loan at Nottingham Forest.
Since Newcastle seem to be after a number of free agents, it would be good if we can close deals on those players early, and announce the signings before the summer transfer window even opens.
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