Every player linked with a move to NUFC since news of a £300m Saudi takeover first emerged

In case you were wondering just how much of a silly season this has been since the announcement of our potential takeover here’s a list of the players linked to The Toon since the new broke and where they’ve come from.

It’s probably not a definitive one, but we make it at LEAST 50 players who’ve been linked with a potential move to St James’ Park over the past two months:

  • Arnaud LusambaNewcastle have reportedly made contact with Nice’s Lusamba over a potential free transfer move to St James’ Park at the end of his contract (Newcastle Chronicle, June 2)
  • Jonathan DavidNewcastle are in talks with Gent over the signing of forward David this summer, ahead of rivals Tottenham (TodoFichajes, June 1)
  • Philippe CoutinhoNewcastle have shown interest in signing Coutinho on a permanent deal. Barcelona will request just over £70m back from their original instalment, giving his agent Kia Joorabchian some room to negotiate over his client’s future (Mundo Deportivo, May 31)
  • Edinson Cavani Newcastle have been linked with a move for the PSG forward among a host of big-name players (Newcastle Chronicle, May 10); Newcastle have been boosted in their attempt to sign the Uruguayan after it emerged Paris Saint-Germain were not expected to offer him a new contract (Daily Express, May 18)
  • Gareth BaleNewcastle’s prospective new owners have earmarked the Real Madrid forward as their priority summer signing (Daily Mail, May 11); Newcastle are prepared to spend £53m to bring the Welshman back to the Premier League (Daily Mail, May 13) Gareth Bale has no interest in a potential move to Newcastle amid reports suggesting the Tyneside club will look to sign him once their £300m takeover is complete. (Daily Star, May 16).
  • Kalidou KoulibalyLiverpool have reportedly tabled a lower offer than Newcastle for the Napoli centre-back (Daily Express, May 18)
  • John Stones and Ross BarkleyBenitez will target the Man City defender and Chelsea midfielder as his first signings should he return to Newcastle (Daily Telegraph, May 25)
  • Wilfried ZahaNewcastle have been in touch with Crystal Palace over the signing of Zaha, who would cost around £60m (Sun on Sunday, May 17)
  • Facundo Pellistri Manchester City and Newcastle United are trailing highly-rated young winger (Daily Mail, May 29)
  • Xherdan ShaqiriLiverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is a major transfer target this summer for Newcastle. (Daily Mail, May 27)
  • Gonzalo HiguainNewcastle and Wolves are ready to offer the former Chelsea striker a second chance in the Premier League. (Sunday Express, May 24)
  • Danny RoseNewcastle are in talks to extend Rose’s loan from Spurs (Sky Sports, June 1); Tottenham are willing to extend the full back’s loan at Newcastle for him to complete the campaign at St James’ Park (Daily Telegraph, May 29)
  • Valentino LazaroNewcastle are in talks over a £21.25m deal for the Inter Milan star – to kick-start their Saudi revolution (The Sun, May 16); the Inter loanee’s agent has suggested he could remain at Newcastle beyond the end of the season, saying: “We will see what happens later.” (Inter Dipendenza, May 8)
  • Arturo Vidal (Mundo Deportivo, April 18)
  • Antoine Griezmann (Sport Media, April 17)
  • Willian (ESPN, April 21)
  • Pedro (The Chronicle, April 30)
  • Dries Mertens (Eurosport / ESPN, April 15)
  • Donny van de Beek (Le10Sport, April 29)
  • Radja Nainggolan (Calciomercato, April 27)
  • Nabil Fekir (Footmercato, April 26)
  • Aaron Ramsey (TuttoJuve, May 15)
  • Odysseas Vlachodimos (A Bola, May 15)
  • Adrien Rabiot (Tuttomercarto, May 15)
  • Morgan Sanson (Le10 Sport, May 14)
  • Odsonne Edourard (Daily Express, May 13)
  • Odion Ighalo (Daily Express, May 11)
  • Jesse Lingard (Daily Mail, May 2)
  • Fabio Borini (Tutto Hellas Verona, April 25)
  • Allan (Napoli Arena, April 28)
  • Emerson (Sport, April 25)
  • Willian Jose (Agent Nick Arcuri, April 17)
  • Emmanuel Dennis (Eurosport, April 15)
  • Tete (Globo Esporte, April 25)
  • Faitout Maouassa (L’Equipe, April 23)
  • Luka Jovic (90min, May 3)
  • Tanguy Kouassi (Le10 Sport, April 23)
  • Ibrahim Sangare (Daily Express, May 3)
  • Aissa Mandi (AS, May 3)
  • Mohammed Salisu (Eldesmarque, May 4)
  • Franck Kessie (Tuttomercato, May 25)
  • Carlos Alena (MARCA, May 4)
  • Mousa Dembele (Bleacher Report, April 24)
  • Bertrand Traore (Daily Mail, May 12)
  • Layvin Kurzawa (FC Inter News, May 11)
  • Adam Lallana (The Athletic, May 13)
  • Thomas Robert (Football Insider, May 8)
  • Carney Chukwuemeka (Soccer Link, May 14)
  • Eberechi Eze (The Chronicle, May 30)

Significantly a lot of these were in the earlier days of the takeover rumours and there hasn’t been a lot of new ones since. But it all shows how money talks, or at least enough to fill some column inches…

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