Mauricio Pochettino has been touted to replace Steve Bruce as Newcastle manager once the new owners are in place and Dimitar Berbatov suggests the former Tottenham boss will want to make Gareth Bale one of his first signings at the club. Newcastle look set to become the next mega-rich football club backed by billionaires with Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammed bin Salman having access to the royal family’s reported wealth of £1.3trillion.
The consortium, which will take an 80 per cent stake in the club, are said to control assets worth £260billion.
British billionaire brothers, Simon and David Reuben, are said to be taking a 10 per cent stake meaning Newcastle will blow Manchester City out of the water as England’s richest club.
When City were bought by Sheikh Mansour in 2008, the club immediately became big players in the transfer market.
They have since spent more than £1.5bn on new players to establish City as one of Europe’s elite clubs.
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Newcastle have been predicted to follow a similar path, moving away from their usual spending powers under Mike Ashley where it was only last summer when they broke the club’s transfer record – from 2005 when they signed Michael Owen from Real Madrid – to bring in Joelinton.
Big-name managers have also been linked with the club and free agent Pochettino has been hotly tipped to be top of their wishlist.
The Argentine coach made no secret of his frustrations at Tottenham during the transfer market on being unable to bring in the players he wanted.
And Berbatov believes Pochettino will want assurances he will have the cash to spend on players such as Bale if he is to become Newcastle manager.
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“If the rumours are true, and Newcastle are looking at appointing Mauricio Pochettino, it would be a great move for the team,” he told Betfair.
“If he goes there then it will be the first sign from the new owners, to the players they are targeting, that the club means business.
“If you put Pochettino in charge at Newcastle and you go and speak to players, trust me they will pay more attention and take the offer seriously, and I’m talking about big players as well.
“I know Gareth Bale is among those who have been linked with the club. I’m sure Newcastle will want to rebuild with some top names.
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“If the rumours are true, the first thing Pochettino is going to want is a guarantee that they will buy players because he would like to have as many good players as possible at his disposal so that he can achieve the club’s goals.
“He has already made his name as one of the best coaches in the world. The question is, does Pochettino actually want to go to Newcastle?
“When you are connected to names like Real Madrid and Manchester United – and I mean no disrespect to Newcastle – there is a bit of a difference there.
“The biggest factor that would persuade Pochettino to go to St James’ Park would be having the funds to buy players.”
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