Sky Sports have claimed that new Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce could have a whopping £90million to spend on new transfers this summer.
Bruce has been appointed by Newcastle for a reported fee of £5million (Times), though Sheffield Wednesday are said to be pressing legal charges over the appointment of the former Birmingham City and Sunderland gaffer.
Newcastle have lost some very important players this summer, with Ayoze Perez joining Leicester City for £30million and Salomon Rondon looking more and more likely to join Rafa Benitez at Dalian Yifang this summer.
It is believed the Toon have £11million left over from January, as well as Perez’s £30million fee to spend on new players. It is also claimed that owner Mike Ashley is to give £50million towards the summer recruitment drive.
The club are reportedly close to completing the signing of Joelinton from German Bundesliga side Hoffenheim for a fee believed to be in the region of £36million, though nothing is confirmed as of yet.
TBR’s view – Newcastle need additions all over
A new striker. A new left-back. Central midfielders and maybe even a new goalkeeper. Newcastle need additions all over the park and if their 4-0 pre-season loss to Wolves was anything to go by, much work needs doing.
The loss of Perez and Rondon are enormous. The duo were Newcastle’s main source of goals, and now the Toon will have to spend big to replace them with proven, Premier League quality.
A left-back has been needed for multiple seasons, while Sean Longstaff could join Mo Diame in leaving. Bruce has an enormous amount of work to do in the transfer window.