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Newcastle ‘trapped’ by spending rules – could be forced to sell Liverpool ‘target’


Newcastle have been described as “trapped” by the Premier League‘s spending rules, which could force them to sell a player known to be on Liverpool’s radar.

It is laughable, and symptomatic of the club’s shift in perception, that a journalist could view Newcastle as being “trapped” when it comes to their spending.

The Saudi-owned club have spent £416.5 million on 13 first-team players in the last two-and-a-half years, with only four players sold for combined fees of approximately £44 million.

That includes Chris Wood, a player who was bought for £25 million in January 2022 before joining Nottingham Forest a year later in a deal worth an eventual £15 million.

But that is the view of the Telegraph‘s Luke Edwards, reporting on Newcastle‘s bind on Thursday evening.

New Newcastle United chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan waves the supports prior to kick-off in the Premier League match at St. James' Park, Newcastle. Picture date: Sunday October 17, 2021.

Newcastle are said to “believe the Premier League‘s spending rules are preventing them from breaking up the ‘big six’,” due to “new rules restricting sponsorship deals linked to club owners.”

The combined losses on their accounts since the Saudi royal family’s Public Investment Fund purchased the club stand at £105 million.

In order to balance this, it is suggested that Newcastle could sell one of their key players, namely Alexander Isak, Bruno Guimaraes or Sven Botman.

That could interest Liverpool, of course, with Edwards previously reporting for the Telegraph that the Reds had enquired over the midfielder’s availability last season.

At the time they, along with Chelsea, were told the Brazilian was “not for sale at any price” and he went on to sign a new long-term contract, but the situation appears to have changed.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 23, 2017: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Newcastle chief executive Darren Eales told reporters on the release of the club’s latest accounts that they could look at “churning players” to comply with profit and sustainability rules.

Eales used the example of Liverpool selling Philippe Coutinho for £142 million in 2018, and spending almost the same amount on both Alisson and Virgil van Dijk, as a means of improving while amortising payments over a longer period.

“If you sell a £50 million player and bring in an identical one on £50 million, on the same wages, but amortise over the five years the player you are bringing in, that’s only £10 million a year,” he explained.

“So, you are creating £40 million of headroom. If you are churning players you create more headroom.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 19, 2023: Newcastle United's Bruno Guimarães during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Newcastle United FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. Man City won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

He added: “Every player has a price…if we’re going to get to where we want to get to, at times it is necessary to trade your players.”

There is no confirmation that Liverpool would renew any interest in Guimaraes next summer, but it would certainly be an attractive move as Thiago heads for the exit.

Unfortunately for Newcastle, even with the endless wealth of their new owners, clubs are no longer able to simply spend at will to reach the top – with a crackdown on Man City evidence of this.