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Newcastle fire sale: Who could leave and where?

Newcastle United have hinted the club could be forced into the sale of a leading asset after the Magpies posted losses of £73m for the 2022/23 campaign.

The Magpies have made huge strides since the club’s Saudi-backed takeover in 2021, securing Champions League qualification for the first time in 20 years last season.

That qualification for the Champions League and subsequent revenue is not included in the latest accounts, though chief executive Darren Eales has suggested sales could be required to meet the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules.

“To put it into perspective, we want to be a top-six sustainable club and Tottenham’s latest accounts available [showed the total revenue] was £440m. We are at £250m, so there is a big step even to the lower end of the top six,” Eales said this week, as per the BBC.

 

“We have also seen that Manchester City are £710m in revenue in their latest accounts. There is a long way to go in growing those revenues.

“Any decision (on sales) we make will always be against the backdrop of the medium to long-term benefit for the club. It’s difficult to say specifically on certain players, but I can say that, if we’re going to get to where we want to get to, at times it is necessary to trade your players.”

Newcastle’s top names are sure to attract interest from rival clubs, but who could be sold on?

Newcastle fire sale: Who could leave and where?

Bruno Guimaraes

Bruno Guimaraes has already been linked with Premier League rivals in recent days, with Chelsea and Liverpool among the clubs said to be considering an approach. The Brazilian has been a big hit since he arrived from Lyon in January 2022, moving to St James’ Park in a deal worth up to £40m.

Guimaraes could raise more than double that figure for Newcastle should he be sold, with widespread reports of a release clause of €115m (£98.6m) in his contract. Among the most influential midfielders in the Premier League across the last two seasons, Guimaraes ranks sixth in the division for progressive passes, seventh for successful take-ons and second for fouls drawn so far this season.

The 26-year-old’s mix of tenacious defensive work and playmaking quality in possession looks an ideal fit for any of the Premier League’s elite, with almost all of the ‘Big Six’ on the hunt for midfield reinforcements in the coming transfer windows.

Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have also been credited as admirers of the Brazil international, though the former would need significant sales of their own to fund a deal. The exit of Guimaraes would represent a big blow to Newcastle’s project, though his sale appears the most profitable of the options on this list.

Likely suitors: Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona

Estimated price tag: £100m

Alexander Isak

Alexander Isak has begun to fulfil his potential in the Premier League, with the club-record signing having been an inspired investment for the Magpies. The Swedish striker failed to make an impact after a move to Borussia Dortmund as a teenager, but a successful stint at Real Sociedad persuaded Newcastle to splash £63m on his services in 2022.

Isak has since scored 20 goals in 38 league appearances for Newcastle while offering an all-round package few forwards anywhere in Europe can match. The 23-year-old boasts evasive footwork in tight areas, electric pace and ice-cool composure, which coupled with his 6ft 4in frame provides a unique focal point.

Chelsea and Arsenal are seeking to sign a centre-forward to take them up to another level, and Isak would be an instant improvement at either side. Given his quality and room for improvement, the Scandinavian sharp-shooter could command bids of around £100m.

Isak ranks fourth in the Premier League this season for goals per 90 (0.79) and non-penalty goals per 90 (0.63).

Likely suitors: Chelsea, Arsenal

Estimated price tag: £100m

Sven Botman

Sven Botman, like Isak, was another name the Premier League’s top clubs tracked without pulling the trigger on a deal. The result of that reluctance is that any interested side will now need to invest close to double the £35m the Magpies paid to sign the Dutch defender from Lille.

Botman has been one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League since arriving at St James’ Park, providing presence and authoritative calm. Last season, the 24-year-old ranked second in the top-flight for percentage of dribblers tackled (78.6%), with only Manchester United’s one-vs-one specialist Aaron Wan-Bissaka (92%) bettering Botman in defensive duels.

Botman’s departure would be a sizeable loss to Eddie Howe’s squad, though the defender’s profile would perhaps be the easiest to replace in a centre-back market with considerably more options than other names featured here.

AC Milan and Manchester United were among the clubs to have tracked Botman before his move to the North East, while Liverpool continue to be linked with left-sided centre-backs. Botman could be an ideal long-term replacement for Virgil van Dijk at Anfield.

Likely suitors: Manchester United, Liverpool

Estimated price tag: £70m

Anthony Gordon

Anthony Gordon has been arguably the leading light of an up-and-down season at Newcastle. After an underwhelming first six months at St James’, the winger has been one of the Premier League’s most exciting attacking talents this season.

Gordon has seven goals and five assists in the Premier League this season, form which has entered the 22-year-old into the conversation for a maiden England call-up. After being named Player of the Tournament as the u-21 side won the European Championship last summer, Gordon has played himself into contention for a senior inclusion at Euro 2024.

Seven of the winger’s goal involvements have come against ‘Big Six’ opposition, including a brilliant individual effort against Manchester City at the weekend, under the watchful eye of Gareth Southgate.

Chelsea and Tottenham each expressed interest in Gordon before his £45m move from Everton to Newcastle, with the former seeing several bids turned down in 2022.

Likely suitors: Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United

Estimated price tag: £70m

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