The Barça duo of Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho are the two players on Newcastle United’s list of finalists, according to Spanish publications MARCA and Sport (via Sports Mole).
Following their massive takeover by a Saudi-led consortium, Newcastle United have become one of the richest clubs in world football. In theory, they could rival players like Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City in the January transfer window.
According to Sport, Coutinho’s representatives held talks with Newcastle United owners prior to the club’s purchase. Now that the deal has been finalized, the Barcelona playmaker could move to northeast England, provided the Magpies agree on a price.
Barcelona were prepared to ditch Coutinho in the summer for a fee of € 50 million, something Newcastle can easily pay for after the arrival of their new owners. According to the aforementioned source, the Brazilian is willing to return to the Premier League after leaving Liverpool in 2018.
Dembélé is another Barcelona player who has been linked to a Newcastle United signing. The 24-year-old winger has entered the final year of his contract with Barcelona. This means that the January transfer window could be the last chance for the Catalan giants to get a fee for their injury-prone star.
Barcelona and Newcastle United have contrasting financial conditions
Newcastle United and Barcelona are currently at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to financial conditions. The Urracas have become one of the richest clubs in world football overnight, while Barcelona is going through one of its toughest periods in recent history.
FC Barcelona is immersed in a deep financial crisis. Conditions were so bad that the club was unable to offer a new contract to Lionel Messi, who saw the six-time Ballon d’Or winner join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
Barcelona have been forced to sign free agents and deal with transfers to reinforce their squad for the new season. However, if they can get some great offers from a club like Newcastle for Dembélé or Coutinho, it could help them recover slightly from their financial mess.