How Newcastle could line-up with £300m takeover investment including £50m Boubakary Soumare… and Joelinton replacement – The Sun

NEWCASTLE fans might finally be dreaming of a team that could challenge at the top end of the Premier League with an imminent takeover of the club.

On Tuesday, SunSport revealed that controversial owner Mike Ashley is on the verge of selling the Magpies for a knockdown £300million to a group led by Amanda Staveley.

Sources claim the 55-year-old has reduced his £340m asking price and official paperwork shows a deal is close with a Saudi Arabia-backed consortium which involves Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Barring any last-minute changes of heart, the stage is set for Toon fans finally to get their wish and see Ashley leave the club after 13 years.

And the takeover would mirror Qatari billionaire Sheikh Mansour's 2008 acquisition of Manchester City with Newcastle suddenly in the market for Europe's best players.

Club record signing Joelinton has flattered to deceive during his stint on Tyneside and Rangers hitman Alfredo Morelos could be the proven goalscorer Steve Bruce needs.

The Colombian, who bagged 29 times in all competitions this season, was linked with a move to Newcastle last summer and has also attracted admirers across Spain and Italy.

SunSport revealed that playing just behind him could be Benfica’s midfield playmaker Rafa Silva — but the move is currently on hold.

The Toon were working on a project to land Silva, who has been in and out of the side and looking for a possible move away.

Benfica wanted £25million for the Portugal ace at his peak, but the Geordies hoped to beat them down to £15m.

SunSport also revealed Everton are targeting a summer swoop for Allan Saint-Maximin, but Newcastle will surely be able to resist any attempts to sign their prized asset with an influx of cash.

On the opposite flank, Newcastle are hoping to steal a march on Manchester United and Chelsea in the race to land £35million-rated star Dwight McNeil.

The Evening Chronicle claim that the club's scouting unit have been furloughed but the 20-year-old was looked at before the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile in the middle, The Mail claim that Newcastle are continuing discussions over reigniting their interest in signing Boubakary Soumare.

Steve Bruce revealed in January that he failed in a £35m move for the 21-year-old after the Lille midfielder rejected a move away from France.

The Daily Star claim boss Bruce is prepared to splash the cash to be reunited with the midfielder, who he signed for his former club for a measly £2.5m back in 2018.

At the back, goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has proven himself among the Prem's elite while captain Jamaal Lascelles commands a spot in the line-up.

And a popular move for the new owners would be to make Danny Rose's loan deal permanent after Jose Mourinho gave the left-back the green light to leave.

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