Jonjo Shelvey has told The Beautiful Game podcast that Kalidou Koulibaly and Philippe Coutinho would be excellent signings for Newcastle United – and joked himself that he was packing his suitcase.
Newcastle are reportedly close to announcing a takeover this month that would see Mike Ashley’s 13-year tenure come to an end, and that has seen an enormous number of big-name players linked with a move to Tyneside.
Italian outlet Area Napoli claim Newcastle have made contact with Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis, and are willing to outbid Real Madrid for Koulibaly. Mundo Deportivo, meanwhile, claim Coutinho is of interest to Newcastle.
Newcastle midfielder Shelvey commented on reports linking them with Napoli giant Koulibaly and Barcelona playmaker Coutinho, and the midfielder stated both would be excellent signings – but joked he could leave.
“I’m packing my suitcase ready to go,” Shelvey said. “If it does happen it would be great for the club, and we’d hopefully get those top players to come to Newcastle. It’s a great city and to get those sort of players would be great for the club.”
TBR’s view – What do Newcastle need this summer?
Martin Dubravka is safe, but a new right-back should be bought. Javi Manquillo is due to leave while DeAndre Yedlin has been linked with an exit. Newcastle have numerous options at centre-back, but Koulibaly would be a top, top signing.
Jetro Willems and Danny Rose both remain on loan, so a new left-back could be sought after. In central midfield, Newcastle are again well-stocked but could do with a number 10. Perhaps most importantly, they need a striker.