The 27 players & 7 managers linked with NUFC since news of £300m Saudi takeover first emerged

To say the rumour mill has spiralled out of control would be an understatement since news broke that a Saudi-backed consortium are closing in on a £300m takeover on Tyneside.

Given some fans refuse to believe the hype or simply have no interest in wading through each and every the rumour – I don’t blame you if you fall into either category – we’ve compiled a full list of all the players and managers linked over the past few weeks!

Here’s all 32 names (along with two tipped to return as a Director of Football / Club Ambassador), starting with the long list of players tipped to arrive on Tyneside if a takeover goes through!


  • Phillipe Coutinho (Barcelona)
  • Arturo Vidal (Barcelona)
  • Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona)
  • Edinson Cavani (PSG)
  • Nabil Fekir (Real Betis)
  • Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)
  • Willian (Chesea)
  • Pedro (Chelsea)
  • Dries Mertens (Napoli)
  • Allan (Napoli)
  • Radja Nainggolan (Inter Milan)
  • Donny van de Beek (Ajax)
  • Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
  • Emerson (Real Betis / Barcelona)
  • Willian Jose (Real Sociedad)
  • Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge)
  • Tete (Shaktar Donetsk)
  • Faitout Maouassa (Rennes)
  • Mousa Dembele (Lyon)
  • Jesse Lingard (Man Utd)
  • Luka Jovic (Real Madrid)
  • Tanguy Kouassi (PSG)
  • Ibrahim Sangare (Toulouse)
  • Aissa Mandi (Real Betis)
  • Mohammed Salisu (Real Vallidolid)
  • Franck Kessie (AC Milan)
  • Carlos Alena (Barcelona)


  • Mauricio Pochettino (available)
  • Rafa Benitez (Dalian Yifang)
  • Max Allegri (available)
  • Lucien Favre (Borussia Dortmund)
  • Luciano Spalletti (available)
  • Jorge Jesus (Flamengo)
  • Andreas Villas-Boas (Marseille)

Director of Football

  • Nikos Dabizas (Panathinaikos)

Club ambassador

  • Kevin Keegan (available)

Lots of talk and a ridiculous list of names being linked, but it goes without saying that this can only mean so much until we hear an announcement confirming Mike Ashley is gone and new owners are officially in place!

Let’s hope we hear the news we’ve all been waiting for ASAP..

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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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