£55m striker ready to start new season playing for Newcastle United. It wasn’t so long ago that players were turning their noses up at the thought of playing for Newcastle United, but 18 months is a long time in football.
Since the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) took over the club and Eddie Howe became the first-team manager, everything has gone from strength to strength at St. James’ Park.
Back in the Champions League after a two-decade absence will enhance revenues for the club as well as putting the Magpies firmly back on the European map, and if they’re able to continue convincing high-profile players to move to the north east, the club’s upward trajectory will surely continue.
According to La Repubblica, another Italian could well be on the move to St. James’ Park in the wake of Sandro Tonali’s recent move to Newcastle.
They even mention that the player in question is dressed in a black and white shirt and is prepared to begin the new season.
Given that he presently represents Juventus in Serie A, that could be a little confusing, but it is made clear later in the piece that Federico Chiesa is referring to Newcastle.
The player, who is valued at £55 million, would undoubtedly be a fantastic addition to a team that is already brimming with talent and that will soon undoubtedly end the curse of not having won a significant trophy in more than 50 years.
Maintaining everyone’s happiness will likely be Howe’s only challenge, but it isn’t the worst issue a football manager might face.