A Dutch journalist has claimed that one of Newcastle’s key targets to start their new era will join the club in January.
The Magpies are now the richest club in world football thanks to their £305m takeover. They are majority owned by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, which is worth more than £320bn.
It’s no surprise that the new owners want to improve the club’s hierarchy. They have already parted with manager Steve Bruce in an attempt to find a top-class replacement.
Paulo Fonseca is one name being linked with the role. He was close to taking over at Tottenham before Nuno Espirito Santo’s appointment this summer.
The 48-year-old has managed the likes of Porto, Braga and Roma so far in his career. He reportedly believes that his ambitious January transfer plan will land him the Newcastle job.
Head coach is not the only position that looks set to be bolstered. The Magpies are also looking to install a new director of football.
They will be responsible for overseeing improvements in the academy and sorting out new signings.
And it looks like Newcastle could secure their top target – Marc Overmars. The club opened talks with Overmars and his representatives on Sunday.
They want to offer the Ajax chief a huge financial package to convince him to join. Dutch journalist Valentijn Driessen, who works for De Telegraaf, reckons the charm offensive has worked.
He said: “Overmars will go, I think. If he gets the chance, he goes. It doesn’t have to take very long.
“Overmars has to start in January or February, because he has to put together the selection for the new season. And his successor has to do that for Ajax.
“If we want to have someone in the Netherlands, you only talk to the person you want. But in England it is something different, they talk to a number of candidates. And Marc is one of them.”
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It is not all rosy for Newcastle as they could suffer a blow in their managerial hunt. Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has been linked, but the 51-year-old is expected to remain in Amsterdam.
“No, ten Hag is not going. He’s not going to exchange the Champions League for the Championship, is he?”
Driessen added that ten Hag would only leave Ajax at the end of a campaign.
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Meanwhile, Newcastle are looking to bolster their midfield with the signing of Inter’s Marcelo Brozovic.
The Croat could leave Italy as he has entered the final 12 months of his contract. A sale in January would be Inter’s last chance to receive any sort of fee.
Italian outlet Calciomercato report that Newcastle are ready to flex their financial muscles. They want to offer Brozovic £113,000 a week to move to St James’ Park.
Such an offer might just blow his other suitors out of the water. The player is engaged in contract talks with his current club, although Newcastle’s ambitions could complicate things.
Brozovic has made 255 appearances for Inter since joining in July 2016. He helped the Nerazzurri to win last season’s Serie A title.
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