How Newcastle could line up next season if £350million takeover by Sheikh Khaled goes through

NEWCASTLE will be expected to sign some big names this summer if Sheikh Khaled completes his £350million takeover.

SunSport understands that Mike Ashley is willing to sell the club to the Dubai-based billionaire and that contracts have been signed.

The arrival of the senior member of the Abu Dhabi royal family would allow Rafa Benitez to go on a long-awaited spending spree.

Benitez will be keen to bolster his squad across all areas of the pitch after his team finished 13th in the league this season.

Martin Dubravka could his keep spot between the sticks after he played every minute of the 2018/19 league campaign.

But Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola has emerged as a top target for the former Liverpool boss.

In a bid to solve his defensive dilemma, Benitez could complete a move for Frankfurt left-back Jetro Williams.

The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to Tyneside for years, but the transfer failed to materialise.

Jamaal Lascelles and Fabian Schar are expected to keep their spots in the heart of the defence.

Left-back Mario Fernandes has emerged as a target for Newcastle following his sublime spell of form for Monaco.

Reports claim that the Magpies are prepared to offer the French club £26.5million to secure his services.

SunSport exclusively revealed that Newcastle will rival Barcelona for the free transfer of Juan Mata this summer.

He could be joined in midfield by Burnley star Dwight McNeil, but Arsenal and Manchester City are also interested in the 19-year-old.

Miguel Almiron is expected to stay, but Ayoze Perez admitted he will listen to transfer offers.

But the 61-year-old's takeover at the club could be enough to convince him to stay for another season.

It would also supply the club with enough funds to sign Solomon Rondon permanently from West Brom for £16.5m.

Alternatively, Newcastle could continue their pursuit for out-of-contract Arsenal star Danny Welbeck.

Benitez could also reignite his interest in Fernando Torres after the boss admitted his interest in him last year.




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