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Six Newcastle players Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham could target after major £73.4m FFP warning

Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham will be monitoring Newcastle’s situation after the club recorded huge losses

Newcastle United CEO Darren Eales has conceded that every player has a price after the club’s full set of financial accounts were published. For the latest accounting period, the Magpies posted a £73.4million post-tax loss, with the losses largely attributed to ‘continued investment in the playing squad’, as per the statement that accompanied the figures.

While the Toon were operating at a heavy loss, the accounts didn’t include their new front-of-shirt sponsorship with Saudi firm Sela and Champions League prize money from this season. Newcastle will reap the rewards of their efforts in Europe from next year but, until then, the club remain under pressure to comply with Financial Fair Play rules and the Premier League’s profitability and sustainability rules.

In an interview with Chronicle Live, the Magpies chief was asked whether players could sold this month to ease the club’s financial position. Eales replied: “On any player, at any time, it depends on circumstances. It’s difficult to hypothesise but, if we’re offered £1billion for one of those players, then no one could argue against that making sense.

Any decision we make will always be against the backdrop of the medium to long-term benefit for the club. It’s difficult to say specifically on certain players, but I can say that, if we’re going to get to where we want to get to, at times it is necessary to trade your players.

Whether that is because of the contract length of the player in question, the offer is too good to refuse, you need to reload in certain areas, but all of this could make sense to trade that player. It is counter-intuitive and part of the inherent system of PSR that there is an incentive to trade your players if you want to re-invest, by the nature of the boundaries.”

Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur – as well as every other Premier League club – will be monitoring Newcastle’s situation in the coming weeks just in case the club are forced to undergo a fire sale. So, with that being said, football.london have taken a look at which players could be targeted.

Sven Botman
Botman was briefly linked with numerous Premier League clubs before joining Newcastle United. The 24-year-old centre-back remains an exciting prospect with plenty of potential still yet to be unlocked.

Tino Livramento
Livramento would be a brilliant option on either flank for Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham. With Ben White rarely rested, Reece James prone to injury and Pedro Porro attracting attention from Europe’s top teams, the 21-year-old full-back would capable of seamlessly slotting in on either flank.

Guimaraes was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal before deciding to join Newcastle instead. The Brazilian would improve any midfield in the Premier League, but he’s probably the most coveted player on this list and will likely demand a hefty fee.

Anthony Gordon
Gordon has been electric for Newcastle this season and, while many questioned his £45million price tag this time last year, he’s proved his doubters wrong. It’s unlikely that the 22-year-old winger would start for either Arsenal, Chelsea or Spurs but he’d be a fantastic option off the bench.
Arguably the crown jewel of the Saudi Arabian takeover in Tyneside, Isak would be a very attractive signing for any club. With Arsenal and Chelsea both in the market for a new striker, he could be the man who solves Newcastle’s financial woes with a big money move.

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