Newcastle’s new owners told to make Ramsey and Coutinho first signings after takeover

Nigel Farage shares his take on Newcastle United takeover

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Newcastle United’s new owners have been told to make Aaron Ramsey and Philippe Coutinho their first signings in the January transfer window. The Magpies were stunningly taken over by a consortium spearheaded by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) last week after a deal was agreed with former owner Mike Ashley.

Seemingly overnight, they comfortably became the richest club in the world due to the virtually-limitless pockets of their new ownership group.

The PIF is reportedly worth £320bn alone, more than ten-times the value of the next wealthiest Premier League owner Sheikh Mansour of Manchester City.

Premier League clubs, and perhaps the rest of the footballing world, are bracing themselves, as Newcastle United’s imperious wealth and new-found power could see them become the next footballing superpower on the planet.

And with the club being named with big name after big name, former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor said the club should make Ramsey their first signings of the new era at St James’ Park.

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“I’d go and get Ramsey or someone like that,” he told talkSPORT.

“He’s still a good player and it isn’t working for him at Juventus at the moment.

“I’d target those kind of players, where you don’t have to pay them silly money.”

New Newcastle director Amanda Staveley, who played an instrumental role in the takeover, has already said the new owners are strategising a gradual spend rather than one humongous financial pump into the team.

Ramsey could be the perfect starting block of Newcastle’s revolution, as he has found himself surplus to requirements at Juventus.

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The Welshman has only played 98 minutes of Serie A football this season for Juve, and it is no secret the Italian giants have been trying to move him on.

While Newcastle are estimated by financial analysts to be capable of spending £200m in transfer fees over the next few years without falling foul of Financial Fair Play, Juventus have been enduring huge financial struggles.

They suffered a record €209.9m (£177m) net loss during the 2020-21 financial year, more than double their previous loss in the 2019-20 campaign.

And Agbonlahor thinks Newcastle could also take advantage of another club with well-documented financial issues.

“I’d take Coutinho, too, because we were talking about the Man City take-over and they had Robinho come in,” said the former Aston Villa forward.

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“Coutinho’s not really playing his football properly at Barcelona, and Barcelona will take anything – they still owe Liverpool for him, don’t they?”

It is believed Barcelona still owe Liverpool around £11m in transfer fees for the Brazilian star.

The Catalans spent £142m on the midfielder in the 2018 January transfer window, but it has not gone to plan for him at the Nou Camp.

But it is understood Ronaldo Koeman’s side also owe around £97m in transfer fees to several clubs all over Europe and the world.

They also have not fared much better on the pitch this season, as they are currently languishing in ninth place in La Liga. 

In addition, their Champions League campaign has got off to the worst possible start with back-to-back 3-0 defeats to Bayern Munich and Benfica. 

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