Newcastle United have new owners, backed by the money of the Saudi Arabian state, and clubs across the world are looking fearfully at their stars, wondering where they’ll be in a year’s time.
Barcelona and Real Madrid may be thinking differently – they’ve got their books full of expensive ageing stars who they’ve not been able to get rid of. This could be their chance.
AS today suggest Gareth Bale and Philippe Coutinho could head to St James’ Park, but that’s just the beginning.
If Carlo Ancelotti wants to really revolutionise Real, he could shift other players like Isco, Dani Ceballos or Luka Jovic to the North East of England.
Barcelona have a host of stars on eye-watering wages, from Samuel Umtiti to Sergi Roberto, who they would love to let go.
This could be a great moment for Newcastle – and for La Liga’s giants attempts to dig themselves out of their financial holes.