Eddie Howe, the manager of Newcastle United, has downplayed the possibility of signing superstar players Neymar from Paris St-Germain and Cristiano Ronaldo from Al Nassr.
Despite Newcastle’s newfound financial resources following the takeover by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) in 2021, Howe believes that these players are beyond their financial reach.
Speaking about the speculation surrounding Neymar and Ronaldo, Howe stated, “We would not be able to afford those players.
They are the best in the world, and currently, we do not have the financial means to meet their transfer fees and wages. Instead, we need to focus on scouting and developing young talents, nurturing them into the players they can become.”
Since the takeover, Newcastle has already spent around £250 million on signings, including notable names like Kieran Trippier, Bruno Guimaraes, Sven Botman, Nick Pope, and their record purchase, Alexander Isak. These acquisitions have propelled the club to a commendable third position in the Premier League, with only five games remaining, as they approach securing a spot in the Champions League.
Addressing the ongoing speculation, Howe commented, “Speculation regarding big-name players has been circulating since the takeover began. Many assumed that the biggest stars in world football would join Newcastle.
However, our recruitment strategy does not solely rely on financial capabilities. We need to bring in the right individuals who align with the team’s values and objectives. The transfer market is a complex process that requires careful consideration, both financially and in terms of player suitability.”
He continued, “Neymar and Ronaldo are incredible players, and while we are linked with various names, I have a clear vision for the team and our approach to the transfer market. We understand our limitations and what we can and cannot achieve at this moment.”
Newcastle will face Arsenal, currently in second place, at home in the Premier League on Sunday (16:30 BST).