'Best player I have seen in real life': Some Newcastle fans wowed by 'mad' transfer rumour
A number of Newcastle United fans have welcomed speculation linking the Magpies with Philippe Coutinho.
According to Spanish outlet Sport, the new Newcastle owners have identified the Barcelona ace as a potential maiden marquee signing.
Indeed, Sport claims that Coutinho’s representatives held talks with Newcastle’s new owners earlier this year prior to the takeover.
The Magpies are under new ownership as a Saudi-led consortium took over the club from Mike Ashley on Thursday.
Co-owner Amanda Staveley said the consortium has “the same ambitions as Manchester City and PSG” in terms of success on the pitch.
While she stressed that turning Newcastle into a major footballing power would take time, Coutinho isn’t an unrealistic target at this moment in time.
The 29-year-old hasn’t had the best of times at Camp Nou and is currently a rotation player under Ronald Koeman.
Barca reportedly tried to sell the former Liverpool ace in the summer, asking for 50m Euro (around £42.5million).
The Sport report also claims Coutinho would be interested in a move to the North East and a return to the Premier League.
Admittedly, the Brazilian is currently said to be on a 20m Euro per year (around £327,000-a-week) salary.
However, given the wealth behind the new Magpies owners, that may not be too much of a stumbling block.
And some Newcastle fans are certainly eager to see Coutinho at SJP:
This still doesn’t feel real— Ryan Hay (@RyanHay18823292) October 8, 2021
It’s like Christmas— Graeme Smith (@smithyg07) October 8, 2021
this is mad— Joe🇸🇦🖤🤍 (@mckennajoe_) October 8, 2021
OH MY 😍— HARLEY (@meaden_harley) October 8, 2021
Said it before and I will say it again Couthino is the best player I have seen in real life if we can get him firing again he will be a world class player for us— Matt (@nufccarl456) October 8, 2021
Please 😩— Jarvis🇸🇦 (@J2rvis) October 8, 2021
This one makes the most sense out of any of them in my opinion.. Marquee signing in January along with tarkowski and lingard.— Jack ⚫⚪ (@JustZephh_26) October 8, 2021
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