Newcastle United could suffer a major transfer blow as a result of the delayed takeover.
Newcastle United fans are excited to see their team return to action this weekend when they host Sheffield United, but the pending takeover is still frustrating.
Richard Masters and other top Premier League officials are still reviewing the takeover of the club despite the paperwork being submitted in the second week of April.
The lengthy review process has sparked a wide range of speculation regarding the club’s managerial position, player signings and player departures. Several players across Europe have been linked with the Magpies, but none more so than Philippe Coutinho.
The Barcelona man currently on loan at Bayern Munich is searching for a new home. Many reports over the last few weeks claimed that his agent prefers a move to Newcastle United for his client once the takeover is complete, but that narrative is changing.
According to a new report from the Mirror (via The Transfer Podcast) all the uncertainty surrounding the takeover of Newcastle United could see the Brazilian star suit up for Everton. The report states that Barcelona are offering Coutinho to Carlo Ancelotti’s side and are willing to pay 30% of his weekly wages.
If this move were to happen it would be a major blow for Newcastle United, especially if the takeover is approved later this summer. Coutinho is at the top of the Magpies’ transfer wish list for a few reasons.
Firstly, he is one of the most talented playmakers on the planet. Secondly, securing his services would undoubtedly attract other notable names to St. James’ Park. All that would go out the window if Coutinho agrees to join the local rivals of his former club Liverpool.
A few weeks ago I wrote an editorial claiming that the Premier League is sabotaging Newcastle United. Well, the club is being held back in how they handle internal contracts and pursue transfer targets. We are approaching July and no one knows where the takeover stands.