According to Italian journalist and transfer expert Nicolo Schira, Newcastle United are interested in bringing Manchester City centre-back John Stones and Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho to St. James’ Park this summer, and talks have already started.
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) May 26, 2020
The English defender cost the Etihad Stadium outfit £50 million in the summer of 2016, while Barca splashed £105 million on the Brazilian in January 2018.
Newcastle will have to pay similar fees to have a chance of landing the duo, and that wouldn’t be a problem post-takeover.
The Magpies are set to have new owners in Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund in the coming days/weeks, and the consortium is worth around £250 billion.
The 27-year-old has scored nine goals and assisted eight others in 32 games during his season-long loan spell at Bayern Munich this term, and would be a perfect marquee signing to help a new look Newcastle return to the top of English football.