Newcastle enter race for Mauro Icardi but face Tottenham and Juventus battle

Newcastle are in the running to sign Mauro Icardi from Paris St-Germain following their £300million takeover, according to reports.

The Magpies announced on Thursday that they are now under new ownership, with the Premier League finally agreeing Mike Ashley's sale to a consortium led by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

Bin Salman's arrival means Newcastle are now one of the biggest financial players in world football, reportedly handing the club well over £200million to spend over the next three years without breaching Financial Fair Play rules.

And Italian outlet Calciomercato claim they have already joined the race to sign PSG striker Icardi.

The Tyneside club are likely to face competition for his signature, however, as Tottenham and Juventus are also understood to be interested.

Icardi has spent the last two years at PSG after initially joining on loan from Inter Milan, where he registered 124 goals in 219 Serie A appearances.

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But the Argentine has struggled to make a similar impact in France due to the fierce level of competition at PSG, with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and now Lionel Messi also in attack.

He has still produced an impressive return of 36 goals in 72 appearances, however reports suggest a departure could be on the cards in the near future.

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Newcastle now have the financial muscle to attract players of Icardi's quality to St James' Park, as well as world-class managers.

It is believed Steve Bruce could be replaced as Magpies boss following the Saudi takeover, something the 60-year-old has already admitted he is well aware of this week.

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Antonio Conte and Paulo Fonseca are being linked with the job, while Steven Gerrard has also emerged as a potential candidate.

Bruce said on Thursday: "New owners normally want a new manager. I've been around long enough to understand that."

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