Newcastle United are heading for an exciting summer transfer window that could see the Premier League side sign several elite-level players.
Although a new defender is likely to be at the top of the Magpies’ wishlist, there is mounting speculation that manager Eddie Howe also wants to bring in a new winger.
And one player who the club are said to admire and ‘like’ is Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele.
Even though teammate Raphinha is the likeliest player to leave the Nou Camp due to his lack of first-team minutes, with the Brazilian unlikely to be keen on moving to St James’ Park, Newcastle United could turn their attention to Dembele.
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Speaking about what the future could have in store for Raphinha, as well as Dembele, British journalist Dean Jones, who spoke to Give Me Sport, said: “The stories about him [Raphinha] leaving pop up consistently, and there is uncertainty over what happens with him in the summer.
“He doesn’t want to leave. I am pretty certain of that. But if Barcelona are going to raise funds for summer spending, he is a candidate for that.
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“The next step, though, is to address what his market is. Arsenal tried to sign him, and we will have to gauge whether they would be interested in going back down that path. Another wide forward to bulk up the squad for when they are also in the Champions League is one of the noises I’m hearing – I am just a little sceptical about whether they would invest this heavily in a player to compete with Bukayo Saka.
I think it is more likely they look for someone a bracket down from Raphinha, given he signed for £55m, and they will look to make more than that on him now.
“Are there any other landing spots for him in England? Newcastle is a possibility. But I also think the player would see that as quite a step-down, given Barca was his dream move. And a twist to that one is that Newcastle also like his teammate Ousmane Dembele.”
Since joining Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 in a deal worth a massive $175m, Dembele, although struggling with injuries, has managed 40 goals and 41 assists in 178 games in all competitions.