Arne Slot could take advantage of Newcastle FFP problem to bring player he loves to Liverpool

Arne Slot and Yankuba Minteh, who spent the season on loan at Feyenoord from Newcastle
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Arne Slot may have the opportunity to sign a player he previously coached at Feyenoord when he arrives at Liverpool.

Slot will officially take over as head coach of the Reds on June 1, replacing Jurgen Klopp in the Anfield dugout. The 45-year-old previously spent three seasons as manager at Feyenoord before making the switch to Merseyside this summer.

Already there are rumours about which players Liverpool could sign during Slot's first transfer window as head coach. One player who has not been directly linked but may be a player of interest to Slot, in particular, is Yankuba Minteh.

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Minteh spent this season on loan at Feyenoord from Newcastle United. The 19-year-old had only signed for the Magpies in June last year from Odense before being sent to Feyenoord on loan for the recent campaign, and so is yet to make an official appearance for Newcastle.

During his loan spell, Minteh scored 10 goals with six assists from 27 appearances in the Eredivisie. Slot included Minteh as a regular starter on the right wing this season for Feyenoord, while also directing the forward to play as a striker or on the left wing on some occasions.

Minteh's agent, Bakary Bojang, has now spoken about the forward's future and what could happen when he returns to Newcastle this summer. Bojang explained why it could be an "exciting summer" for Minteh, hinting that a transfer may be on the cards.

"Next season is next season," Bojang told Chronicle Live. "If he [Minteh] goes to Newcastle, he will do his best. If he goes on loan somewhere, he will do his best as well. He just wants to play football at the end of the day.

"He doesn't think too much about it. It's Newcastle who decide where he's going to play, but he will definitely do his best.

"He will try to convince the manager he has a role there. It's going to be an exciting summer and he's just going to see what's going to happen.

"I told him he did what he could with his loan deal so he could not do more and to just mentally recharge for what's going to happen next season. No matter where you put him, he will try to perform.

"It's Newcastle and the manager who will decide if it's good enough or not good enough. He cannot do anything but play his football."

Reports in recent months have claimed that Newcastle may be forced to sell some players this summer in order to comply with Financial Fair Play (FFP) and Profit & Sustainability Rules (PSR). Should that prove to be accurate, Liverpool and Slot may be wise to consider looking at Minteh as a possible transfer option this summer.