Journalist Dean Jones has exclusively told This Is Futbol that Newcastle United may opt for the loan route in the summer due to FFP rules.
Newcastle have recently taken the crown of the richest club in world football after the Saudi takeover, but manager Eddie Howe is set to have just £90 million at his disposal in the summer, due to the cautiousness of the club of the rulings regarding FFP for Premier League clubs.
The Magpies have seen an impressive turnaround of form since January, they now find themselves 13th in the Premier League table, whereas they were in the bottom three when Howe was appointed, and this is largely down to the summer signings of Matt Targett, Dan Burn, Bruno Guimaraes, Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood.
With the reported budget that Howe has in the summer, Jones highlighted that they go down a different route to avoid the FFP rule that is put in place.
“I think that the type of deals they do could actually end up being a lot of loan with obligation to buy because Newcastle have to be cautious about financial fair play. And they actually believe that they will be under more scrutiny than any other club that’s had a takeover at this level,” Jones said.
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TIF Thoughts on Jones’s comments…
Newcastle have been linked to a haul of players ahead of the summer transfer window, but they may face serious consequences if they do not follow the rules and spend a stupendous amount of money all in one go.
If the Magpies were to spend an obscene amount of money in one window, not only would this not be allowed, but it could also make the squad disjointed, by getting a group of players together that do not know each other.
It may be seen as a smart move by Howe to keep some of the senior players in the squad, that know the club well, and they can help the new talent that they will inevitably bring in, settle into their new home. Although, there obviously will be a number of players who the club may look to sell in order to raise extra capital, with Allan Saint-Maximin potentially one of the players who could depart.