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Newcastle adamant to pursue Ruben Neves deal even if Premier League blocks loan deal

Reports tell that even if Newcastle United faces a block on loan signings, they could persist in their pursuit of Ruben Neves during the January transfer window.

Premier League teams are set to vote on a temporary ban preventing the signing of players from associated clubs.

Should the motion pass, Newcastle would be barred from loaning players from PIF-owned clubs in Saudi Arabia, including Al Nassr, Al Ittifaq, Al Ahli, and Al Hilal, Neves’s current team.

Although Newcastle anticipates obstacles to their loan plans for Neves, sources indicate that they have not ruled out pursuing a deal for him.

Notably, Newcastle and PIF are open to the possibility of a permanent transfer, potentially allowing them to navigate any counter-proposals brought in by the Premier League within legal bounds.

In January, Ruben Neves is reportedly eager to make a return to England. Recent revealed Arsenal’s interest in the player, and while a loan deal with them is a possibility, it remains uncertain whether PIF would approve such an arrangement.

Sources indicate that Newcastle is actively exploring various options for the upcoming transfer window, with the primary focus on securing a midfielder to fill the void left by the suspended Sandro Tonali.

While Neves is among their preferred targets, Newcastle is also showing strong interest in Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips. The club is exploring the possibility of a loan, and Newcastle is emerging as Phillips’s preferred option in the event of a potential departure from the Etihad Stadium this winter.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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