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Signing a player like Philippe Coutinho would be a statement of intent by Newcastle

Featured in Raumdeuter Issue 20 (11/06/2020)

Philippe Coutinho would represent quite the statement of intent from Newcastle’s new owners should the takeover go through and they are indeed in a position to free up the sums of money which have been rumoured to be earmarked for investment into the club. The Brazilian midfielder is a world class talent, a proven Premier League performer and yet wouldn’t be an unrealistic prospect.

Currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Spanish giants Barcelona, Coutinho and his representatives are known to be looking for new pastures and at a money-rich Newcastle he has a potentially unrivalled opportunity. The new influx of money would allow the North East club to afford his likely extortionate wage demands, yet unlike any of the other major clubs who could also meet his demands, he would be the focal point at Newcastle.

The team would be built around their Brazilian maestro. He’d never have the same fears of being on the periphery of the squad or being replaced as he would do, and has experienced, at the likes of Barcelona. For the club, the players and most passionately, the supporters Coutinho would be everything. At St. James’ Park, he could become an idol.

Newcastle’s supporters are desperate for intent shown by their club and securing Coutinho would be a powerful statement of intent. The player’s representatives are known to be receptive to the move, able to see the opportunity that the Brazilian playmaker has to write himself into club history on Tyneside and dominate the message and media coverage coming out of Newcastle, while the player himself is said to be keen to make the move back to England.

Priority one at Newcastle is to see this takeover bid across the line, which has been an increasingly frustrating and slow process. Those delays have meant that, once the green light is given, there will be a much smaller window to turn things around and draft a clear, concise transfer plan to make the most out of any initial investment, including convincing top talent of the project and vision at the new Newcastle can be achieved. Signing a marquee name like Coutinho would do as much, while also being a proven talent capable of performing in the Premier League.

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