The fake sheikh costumes are barely out of the packet on Tyneside and already football fans are speculating over who Newcastle might sign when the transfer window reopens.
For the first time in well over a decade, the future is bright in the north east following a £300million takeover of the club by a Saudi-backed consortium, fronted by Amanda Staveley.
English football has been here before, most notable with Manchester City in 2008, the club taken over by Sheikh Mansour and almost immediately spending £32.5million on Robinho.
With the transfer window currently closed, Newcastle can't fall into the same Brazilian honeytrap from the word go, but that doesn't mean it won't happen in January.
Using social media opinion as a guide, Daily Star Sport have ranked the three players who have been most widely-touted as the Toon Army's 'Robinho signing.'
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3. Eden Hazard
Things haven't worked out for Eden Hazard at Real Madrid since his £138million move from Chelsea. The Belgian has struggled with form and fitness, featuring just 51 times for Los Blancos since the start of the 2019-20 season.
According to various reports, the midfielder is one of the highest-paid players at the Bernabeu, earning somewhere in the region of £400,000-£500,000-per-week – money that could be better spent elsewhere.
With Florentino Perez intent on signing Kylian Mbappe from PSG next summer, it would be no surprise to see Hazard make way for the Frenchman by moving to Newcastle.
There aren't many clubs who can afford to buy the 30-year-old out of his Madrid contract, but the Magpies are now one of them.
2. Gareth Bale
Unlike Hazard, Gareth Bale would cost nothing for Newcastle to sign next summer. The Welshman's contract expires in June which means he'll be available on a free.
That'll be news to the ears of Amanda Staveley, who has suggested that realising the club's potential could take time and might not involving splashing the cash on huge transfer fees right away.
Bale would command a high wage, but having won four Champions League trophies and two La Liga titles, he's the sort of statement signing that can help put a new regime on the map.
If he does make the move to St James' Park, fans can look forward to the prospect of him enjoying a round of golf with Geordie icons Ant & Dec. How good does that sound?
1. Philippe Coutinho
Type the words 'Coutinho' and 'Newcastle' into the Twitter search bar and see what comes up. Let's just say a lot of football fans think he'll be the first major signing of the Saudi era.
One person said: "What we saying Newcastle’s first signing is then? I’m going coutinho." Another added: "Yh Newcastle need to sign a Brazilian to get things started. He can’t be too good though. Coutinho sounds perfect. Build a funny team around him."
Not only does Coutinho fit the Brazilian criteria. Tick. It's also been over four years since fans last saw the best of him. Tick. And he's approaching 30. Tick.
Given Barcelona's financial problems, Newcastle's newfound wealth and the player's own contract situation – he has less than two season's left on his current deal – it would be no surprise at all to see Coutinho pitch up at the north east.
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