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Eddie Howe doesn’t rule out Cristiano Ronaldo transfer for Newcastle

Eddie Howe has suggested that Newcastle may explore the option of utilizing their Saudi connections to secure loan signings of Pro League stars, including Cristiano Ronaldo.

As Newcastle prepares for their return to the Champions League this season, they have made minimal additions to their squad, with Sandro Tonali being the only notable signing so far.

Howe has hinted at the possibility of striking deals with Saudi-owned clubs, which share a common ownership with Newcastle through the Gulf State’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).

Howe said when quizzed on whether players like Ronaldo and Ruben Neves could become loan targets for the Magpies: “That depends on if it is the right thing for Newcastle. We’ll always act with our best interests first.”

He added on the controversy surrounding top European players moving to Saudi Arabia: “I don’t think the fees have been excessive necessarily – maybe the wages have, which is making it attractive to players.”

Howe says PIF won’t be able to splash the case on every transfer

Howe also admitted that despite the wealth of their owners, Newcastle won’t be able to splash the cash on every transfer. “There is no way we’ll be able to go for that caliber or price in every transfer. That is not a blueprint we are following because now we are going to have to be clever with the remaining funds we have.

“We have a very strict budget that we’re trying to work within. At times there have been frustrations and difficult days. I’ve been through all emotions this summer. I’m very pleased to get Sandro in but we know we need more. 

We are prepared to be patient and wait for the right ones but we are also aware we need to strengthen, so there might come a time when we need to move things quicker. With the competitions that we’re in, having three games a week, we need to be able to rotate the team but to be able to bring in players who are of equal standard. We might need to be creative but we’re trying to look at every avenue we can to make the club stronger.”

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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