With the sad news of the takeover’s demise still setting in for many fans, the focus is now shifting toward next season where we’ll likely find it hard to make to much improvement on our 13th place finish.
Without the injection of Saudi riches and the damage the coronavirus has wreaked on club finances, Newcastle will have limited funds to make the necessary improvements in the squad.
Much of the reported £30m or so should be used to get in a couple of strikers as that’s the pressing issue that needs to be sorted. So that will leave little for other areas of need like the midfield and at left-back.
Newcastle are reported to be in negotiations for two free agents in midfielder Arnaud Lusamba and winger Ryan Fraser. Both would be good additions in the current climate.
There’s also Danny Rose, who Steve Bruce is keen to get back on a permanent deal after his half-season loan spell.
There was a report yesterday from Sport Witness who cite a German outlet that Schalke’s hopes of selling Nabil Bentaleb took a hit due to the takeover failure. However, we would think the opposite to be the case.
— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) July 31, 2020
Whether Newcastle still want to pursue Bentaleb on anything other than another loan deal seems highly unlikely to us.
That leaves the situation with Matty Longstaff. Newcastle must redouble their efforts to keep the youngster at the club. His options are likely to be plentiful as he’ll be a very good bargain for some clubs with limited budgets.
There are reports West Ham, Southampton, and Burnley are monitoring his situation along with interest from Udinese in Serie A.
It would raise some spirits on Tyneside if Newcastle can convince Matty to sign a long term deal.