Newcastle reportedly want £100k-a-week star who Pochettino compared to Ronaldinho in 2020
The future looks bright at Newcastle United following their highly-anticipated and long-awaited takeover last week.
The consortium that has taken over the Magpies consists of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), financier Amanda Staveley and David and Simon Reuben.
The PIF – worth an alleged £700bn – have taken an 80 percent stake in the club after the Premier League finally approved a deal which had originally been agreed early last year.
And the new owners are expected to bring about wholesale changes at St James’ Park in the coming weeks, months and years to turn the club from a relegation battler to a trophy challenger.
Newcastle are currently being linked with plenty of players, coaches and even backroom figures who could help elevate the club from its current predicament.
And according to Spanish outlet Sport, Newcastle are eyeing Spurs and England playmaker Dele Alli.
The 25-year-old has been a regular starter for most of his time at N17, but has struggled in recent years.
Last season, Alli struggled for game time under former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho.
Indeed, he was reportedly close to moving to PSG on loan in January, only for Daniel Levy to apparently veto the move.
Alli also dropped out of England contention, with Gareth Southgate omitting him from his last few squads and for Euro 2020.
This season, Nuno Espirito Santo reinstated Alli back to the starting XI, and he did well initially.
However, the Spurs boss took him off at half time against Arsenal and was an unused substitute in their win over Aston Villa.
Alli could well do with a change of scenery – after all, how many players and coaches have struggled at Spurs and gone on to shine elsewhere?
Newcastle eyeing star with Maradona and Ronaldinho charisma?
Pochettino, currently in charge of PSG, certainly rates Alli highly.
The Argentine told Sky Sports – via talkSPORT – last year that the £100,000-a-week ace had the same charisma as Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho.
“(Maradona) is a winner, and then the charisma, the energy makes him so special,” said Pochettino.
“The charisma is the best thing he has.
“When he walks into the room everyone watches him, everyone wants to touch him, wants to ask for a picture.
“His energy, you smell the energy, his charisma – it’s amazing.
“Ronaldinho at PSG was similar, and it’s similar in this way with Dele. People love him in this way.
“When you add the charisma to the talent, that’s what makes a special player.
“When he was scoring goals, kids loved him like he was Ronaldinho.
“Kids feel this charisma, this energy, and with Dele it’s happened the same; he has this charisma that kids love and follow.”