Newcastle sound out Sassuolo left-back Rogerio as Bruce plans rebuild

Newcastle sound out Sassuolo left-back Rogerio as Steve Bruce lays down transfer targets… but failed takeover means budget is set for major cutback

  • Newcastle’s failed takeover means transfer budget is likely to be limited 
  • Steve Bruce’s side have sounded out Sassuolo regarding left-back Rogerio 
  • Bruce also wants  to add a striker, midfielder and centre back this summer

Newcastle have asked about Sassuolo left back Rogerio, as Steve Bruce looks to set out his transfer targets for the coming season.

However, the collapse of the club’s takeover means they may not be able to meet the Italian club’s demands.

The 22-year old Brazilian is among Newcastle’s top targets for the left back position after Danny Rose’s loan from Tottenham ended. 

Newcastle have asked about Sassuolo left back Rogerio (right) as they plan for the summer

Bruce though may have to face up to a reality of a small budget plus loans and free transfers if takeover talks are not revived by other parties. 

The Newcastle boss also wants to add a striker, midfielder and centre back this summer.

Transfer budget at St James’ Park now remains to be seen, given the collapse of the proposed takeover of the club this week.

Steve Bruce wants to add to his team this summer but knows transfer funds are limited

The widely expected £300m takeover by a Saudi Arabian-led consortium has come crashing down, with Newcastle now returning to the drawing board.

Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley has insisted that controversial owner Mike Ashley remains ‘100 per cent committed’ to completing the sale of the club despite the £300m Saudi royal family takeover bid collapsing. 

Charnley revealed in a statement on Friday morning that the British entrepreneur is still desperate to sell up.

The consortium, which agreed a deal with Ashley in April, was heavily backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and spearheaded by businesswoman Amanda Staveley. The Reuben family also owned a 10 per cent stake in the venture.

The £300m Saudi Arabian-led takeover, helmed by Amanda Staveley, collapsed on Thursday 

But the Premier League held evident concerns over the involvement of the Saudi investors and spent 16 weeks probing as part of their owners and directors’ test. 

The controversy encompassing the deal was ramped up after Amnesty International and Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, wrote to the Premier League to oppose it.

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