New report claims top player is ready to join NUFC if Saudis arrive, appoint Poch & pay £80m

It’s hard to get too excited until a takeover is signed, sealed and delivered, but some big claims have emerged from Spain regarding Phillipe Coutinho.

This comes from Mundo Deportivo – the outlet who first credited us with an interest in the Brazilian should a £300m Saudi-backed buyout go through.

They claim that the 27-year-old is willing to make a shock move to St James’ Park, but only if the would-be new owners bring in Mauricio Pochettino – the man who’s understood to be their ‘no.1 target’ to replace Steve Bruce if you believe Sky Sports.

The same piece also states that Barcelona will ask £80m for the ex-Liverpool star, stating there’s a deal to be done if the Saudis appoint Poch and pay Barca’s price tag.

A huge fee and a player who could, let’s face it, join a much bigger club, however it goes without saying that the silly-rich Saudis would be looking to make a big statement signings should they get the keys to St James’ Park.

Pinch of salt needed – this may be nonsense and them putting 2 and 2 together – but another reason to pray this £300m deal does go through over the coming few days!

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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