The £ 305million buyout of Newcastle United by the Saudi Public Investment Fund has changed its transfer policy ahead of the January window.
The Magpies are now in contention with Manchester United to sign Barcelona superstar Ousmane Dembele as the new owners look to flex their financial muscles.
Sport in Spain claim Barcelona could impose a deadline for the renewal of his contract to force him to make a decision on his future.
If he doesn’t land a new deal they can work on his sale and the Frenchman would be interested in a move to Tyneside which would be the Newcastle owner’s first real signing – their ‘Robinho at Manchester City’, if you will. .
Dembele is not the only Barca player to be linked with the Magpies, however.
Former Liverpool man Phillipe Coutinho is rumored to be of interest to Newcastle ahead of a possible move in January.
The Brazilian, who could join compatriot Joelinton at St James’ Park, has scored 41 goals and provided 35 assists in 152 games during his stint on Merseyside.
With the two players – who are the Spanish club’s record two signings – failing to secure consistent playing time under Ronald Koeman in Spain, and with Barcelona in need of the cash due to their poor financial situation, a decision could be suitable for all parties.
Burnley’s James Tarkowski, Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin are also said to be on Toon’s shortlist, when the transfer window opens in a few months.
Perhaps less flashy than Dembele and Coutinho, but the trio – all of whom are currently plying their trade in the Premier League – would bring some solidity and know-how to a side that are undeniably in a relegation slump.
The current crop of Newcastle players, who are used to fighting at the bottom of the division, will still come in handy, however, even if they do sign some heavy spending on new players.
Martin Dubravka, Jamal Lewis, Javi Manquillo and Isaac Hayden could have a chance to prove themselves to the new manager ahead of another big expense next summer, as they look to move up the division.
talkSPORT.com takes a look at how they might line up if they are very productive in January.
Newcastle’s potential starting XI after the January transfer window …