Newcastle could be set for an influx of change at St James’ Park should the takeover from the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund be completed in time for the summer transfer window and Noel Whelan has warned not even players like Allan Saint-Maximin will be safe from a mass overhaul. The Saudi-backed consortium are close to completing the takeover of Newcastle after PCP Capital Partners paid a deposit and exchanged contracts with Mike Ashley.
It means the only way the takeover can be prevented is whether they fail the Premier League’s Owners’ and Directors’ Test.
Reports have claimed the deal could be completed as early as the end of this month, meaning they would likely have ample time to assess the club heading into the summer transfer window.
The proposed takeover would see Newcastle top the table for the wealthiest owners in the Premier League, knocking Manchester City off top spot.
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) are said to control assets worth £320billion while British billionaire brothers Simon and David Reuben will have a 10 per cent stake.
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There have already been potential comparisons to Newcastle and City on how the former could grow into a super team.
City have spent close to £1.5bn on transfers over the past decade as they’ve risen to the top of English football.
And Newcastle are now being touted to follow in a similar path with the amount of money available to them in the transfer market.
That could mean mass change at St James’ Park in the transfer window, although there are some players who have played a key role under Steve Bruce this season who have become fan-favourites.
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Saint-Maximin is one of those players who has excited fans at St James’ Park since his arrival from Nice last summer.
But former Leeds and Middlesbrough forward Whelan has claimed the 23-year-old will now be looking over his shoulder on what’s to come at Newcastle.
“He’s been great while he’s been there – he’s been exciting, he’s that Newcastle kind of player that they love, very quick, very direct on the ball, they love that at St James’ Park – but everybody will have to prove themselves,” he told Football Insider.
“There will be a clearout of deadwood that’s there, they will want to build a new stronger squad if they’re going to challenge and be a really strong outfit to break into those top-six places.
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“The players will be thinking: ‘Am I part of these plans?’
“That’s the problem, sometimes when you get new owners in, there’s got to be a bit of a clearout.”
It has been suggested Bruce will be given time to prove himself as manager under the new owners.
But big-name managers such as Max Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino have been linked with possible taking charge.
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