After securing their spot in the Champions League for the first time since 2003, Newcastle United has an ambitious wish list for the upcoming transfer window, including multiple football stars like Neymar and Harry Kane.
Being owned by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF), considered the wealthiest owners in the Premier League the Magpies have a transfer budget of £450m to attract top names. According to the Spanish outlet AS, Newcastle boss Eddie Howe is keen to build a "Galacticos" squad relying on the model of Real Madrid in the early 2000s.
Tottenham Hotspur captain Harry Kane is Howe's top target for the summer. Although the England international has strong links with Manchester United, a decision about his future is yet to be made, leaving a sparkle of hope for the Magpies. If the senior striker arrives at St. James Park, the front of the squad will be stronger than ever with the already existing bond of Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak.
Brazil international and worldwide football star Neymar is another player desired by Howe's side. There are few to no clubs that would reject the services of the 31-year-old, and Newcastle's coach has previously mentioned that he would like to bring renowned players to North-East of London.
Other celebrated players that are part of the Magpies' transfer wish list are James Addison from Leicester City, Ryan Gravenberch from Bayern Munich, Moussa Diaby from Bayer Leverkusen, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio, Samuel Chukwueze from Villareal, Eberechi Eze from Crystal Palace, Mohammed Kudus from Ajax, Dominik Szoboszlai and even Chelsea loanee Joao Felix.
Despite this list, Eddie Howe has emphasized that although the club qualified for the Champions League, they will face a challenging summer in the transfer window.
“There's a very small pool of players for us to recruit. This is probably going to be our toughest transfer window," explained Howe via Sky Sports.