Saudis “want to sign” Barca youngster & Brazilian star once takeover is complete – MARCA

According to reports in Spain today, Phillipe Coutinho isn’t the only Barcelona player being eyed up ahead of a potential £300m takeover on Tyneside.

We’ve seen our name linked with Barca duo Vidal and Griezmann since news of a Saudi-backed buyout emerged a few weeks ago, however Spanish outlet MARCA now claim that we “want to sign” 22-year-old talent Carles Alena.

The attacking midfielder is currently on loan with fellow La Liga side Real Betis, but has been tipped to leave the Nou Camp on a permanent deal once he returns this summer.

Alena is a Spain U-21 international who’s played 39 times for his boyhood club – a decent tally for his age – however a move could be on the cards to get regular football at senior level following his rise through their U-19 and B team ranks.

The same report also credits us with an interest in former Liverpool star Phillipe Coutinho – who they’re also expected to cash in on – however it’s fair to say the 27-year-old Brazilian would come at a MUCH bigger cost for the would-be owners of Newcastle United.

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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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