Newcastle United may be in a position to lure Paulo Dybala to the Premier League by making a £50 million offer for the Juventus striker, agent and transfer market expert Giuseppe Cannella has told Calciomercato.
If reports are to be believed, Newcastle will take a slow and steady approach to their Saudi-funded revival, prioritising James Tarkowski and Jesse Lingard over Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.
Every club must remain in the restrictive boundaries of Financial Fair Play – even those who’d make King Croesus look like a penny-pinching pauper – with Newcastle looking to build over time while investing in infrastructure as well as playing staff.
A bid for Dybala, then, seems unlikely for the time being.
Just because Newcastle can sign ready-made superstars, doesn’t mean they should. Or could, for that matter.
Let’s not forget Steve Bruce’s side sits winless and second from bottom in the Premier League. For now, climbing out of the relegation zone is the aim.
The Dybalas can come further down the line.
“His importance at Juve? He is the right age to express himself,” says Cannella, an influential agent in Italy.
“(Juventus) had five years (of service) from Dybala for €10 million. But maybe Newcastle could give them €60 million (£50 million)?”
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It looks for all the world as though the under-fire Steve Bruce will be the first high-profile casualty of Newcastle’s new regime. Bruce admitted as much in an interview with The Telegraph last week.
But Newcastle are in no position to land a coach with Antonio Conte’s reputation just yet. Remember, it took Manchester City seven or eight years before they could lure Pep Guardiola to the Etihad.
“He knows how to deal with the rich, he wants what he wants,” Cannella adds of Conte. “Now he is one of those who can even say ‘no’ to Newcastle.”