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Newcastle takeover: Outrageous XI new billionaire owners could build with Kylian Mbappe, Moussa Dembele and Kyle Walker

Just imagine: it’s summer, lockdown is finally over, you’re in a beer garden with your mates, and Newcastle have just signed Kylian Mbappe.

Newcastle fans are daring to dream as the latest attempt to buy the club from Mike Ashley appears as though it could actually be successful.

talkSPORT understands a £300m takeover bid by PCP Capital Partners, headed by Amanda Staveley and backed the Saudi royal family’s Public Investment Fund, is on the verge of completion.

Is Ashley’s time as Newcastle owner finally coming to an end?
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But Newcastle fans have been here before, they’re all too familiar with how this story usually goes.

Time after time, they’ve been given hope that Ashley’s controversial 13-year tenure is finally over, only to have it snatched away from them.

Previous bids from Staveley and Peter Kenyon proved fruitless, while a reported takeover from Dubai billionaire Sheikh Khaled in May last year never came to fruition.

It seems as though the latest takeover bid could be the real deal, but supporters will be managing their expectations cautiously.

Here at talkSPORT.com, on the other hand, we’ll be doing no such thing.

The Saudi group, funded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has assets worth more than £255billion – enough to turn anyone’s head, you’d think.

Newcastle have a stadium and a fan base most owners would die for – and it’s only Ashley’s mismanagement of the club which means it hasn’t realised its full potential.

That could be about to change if the incoming owners throw their financial weight behind the Magpies, like Roman Abramovich at Chelsea or Sheikh Mansour at Manchester City.

Chelsea and City weren’t much better than Newcastle before their billionaire owners took over and transformed them pretty much overnight.

Suddenly, the Blues were buying world-beaters such as Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack, while City were nabbing the likes of Robinho from Real Madrid.

There’s little reason why Newcastle wouldn’t be able to launch a similarly dramatic transformation of their current squad if backed by Bin Salman’s billions.

Back in May 2019, when Sheikh Khaled’s takeover bid emerged, Newcastle actually became second favourites to sign PSG sensation Mbappe, behind Real Madrid.

Mbappe to Newcastle, anyone?
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And while you’re adding such firepower in attack, why not try and sign someone like Jerome Boateng, whose Bayern Munich contract is up next summer, to shore things up at the back.

Or go and get Kyle Walker – who appears to be in Man City’s bad books for flouting lockdown.

In more realistic links, the Magpies have actually been cited with an interest in Lyon forward Moussa Dembele, which no longer seems too outrageous in light of the proposed takeover.

Meanwhile, Newcastle could return with a better offer for Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, who turned down a move to St James’ Park in January.

So, allowing ourselves to have a little bit of fun, here’s an XI plucked straight from Newcastle fans’ wildest dreams if this proposed takeover goes through…


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