Cut-price Juventus duo, Premier League outcast, loan gamble - Newcastle right wing transfer options


The transfer landscape is becoming clearer by the day for Newcastle United, with one problem position potentially emerging for Eddie Howe and club chiefs to solve in the coming months.

June 14 is the date clubs are looking forward to - not because of the start of the European Championships, but as that is when business can be officially conducting from with the opening of the summer transfer market. It will be an interesting few months ahead for the Magpies, as they look to bolster their ranks whilst staying within the confines of the Premier League's divisive financial boundaries.

Continuous improvement is a strong method of doing just that, and so Howe could seek to add to his attack force ahead of the 2024/25 campaign. Last year's 85 league strikes were a strong advance on the 68 scored the season prior, contributed mainly from central option Alexander Isak and left-sided talent Anthony Gordon. That therefore leaves questions as to whether a new man is needed on the right flank.

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One argument to suggest so is Miguel Almiron's output. The Paraguayan lit up the nation with his performances en route to the club's Champions League qualification in 2023, scoring 11 and assisting four, then last season contributed towards only eight goals. This fed into the second suggestion a right-sided signing is needed - a £30m departure linked for Almiron with Saudi Arabian clubs lined up as suitors.

Of course in his place there would be Jacob Murphy, who amid flashes of brilliance has proven himself a worthy squad option. He himself only recorded three goals and seven assists in the recent campaign, so again to suggest a new signing in this area would not be a wild thought.

Newcastle have been linked with an array of wide talent so far this year, and there are plenty more not yet covered a deal could be worth exploring. And so, Chronicle Live provides the following 12-man shortlist of right wingers, and explains how they can improve the Magpies' attacking line to once again help push for a top-four finish...

Michael Olise - Crystal Palace

Michael Olise, 22, is one of the most sought-after Premier League talents at the current moment, and with good reason. In 19 appearances last season he recorded 10 goals and six assists for Crystal Palace - averaging a contribution 79.8 minutes on the field.

His general play can be likened to Gordon's in that both cut inside from wide areas onto their stronger foot, offering a powerful strike or picking out the man in front close to goal. His strengths also include set-pieces, as he has punished opponents from free-kicks, corners and stepped up to take penalties for his current club.

The Frenchman has a number of suitors according to reports, including Chelsea, Manchester United and Newcastle. Last month BBC Sport claimed that Palace would only listen to offers north of £60m, so therefore would have to be the landmark signing of the summer.

Bryan Mbeumo - Brentford

Brentford's talisman is another Premier League star to be considered, as at 24-years-old he is also considered to be an age where he is yet to hit his prime. For Thomas Frank's side he stepped up in the absence of Ivan Toney, who was banned for the majority of last season, to become the Bees' second-highest scorer in the league.

Again, being a left-footed option fits into Howe's system perfectly and the Cameroonian has shown great efficiency in one-vs-one situations during his time in the English top-flight - an admirable trait for a side that knows how to control the tempo and play on the counter.

Bryan Mbeumo has been linked with fresh interest from St. James' Park within the last week, as both the Magpies and Liverpool are claimed to be watching closely. Once more, a move between English rivals would not come cheap at a reported £50m.

Pedro Neto

Wolves' Portuguese wide man - who can play in any position across the front line - has been billed as a potential £60m target for both Newcastle and Manchester City this summer. His current club have alleviated their pressure to sell, however, with past departures easing financial fair play (FFP) fears.

Pedro Neto has obvious talent in abundance, displaying raw pace, strength and finishing ability. Unfortunately the key word there is whenever, as persistent injury troubles have kept the 24-year-old from playing in 108 matches since arriving in the West Midlands five years ago - almost matching his 135 actual appearances.

Jadon Sancho - Manchester United

There are plenty of barriers to complete this deal, though it is one that could be worth exploring. Jadon Sancho has proven he is still top of his game via a loan return to Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund in the second half of the 2023/24 campaign, and will likely be on the move from Manchester United again this summer - almost certainly permanently.

According to our sister site, the Manchester Evening News, all but four Man United players are available on the market and outcast Sancho is one of those who would likely be cut. His future depends on manager Erik ten Hag's, as the pair famously fell out towards the end of last calendar year.

Dortmund and Juventus have so far been linked, though Newcastle could offer one thing they could not - Premier League football. He is said to be keen to stay at his parent club, though if not possible perhaps the offer to remain in the country would suffice.

The only downside is doing business with a Premier League club - let alone a direct competitor for European qualification places - would again likely be costly. Sancho cost £73m when he arrived at Old Trafford, and they would want to squeeze every penny possible out of a rival to claim that back.

Federico Chiesa - Juventus

Who doesn't love a cut-price deal? If that's what Newcastle are looking for, then Euro 2020 winner Federico Chiesa may be the man to go for.

Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport tracked the winger's situation on Tuesday, claiming that Juventus will drop their original asking price from €50m (£42.5m) to somewhere in the region of €25m (£21.2m). This is because the 26-year-old only has one year remaining on his current contract with talks stalling over a renewal.

Chiesa has proven himself at top club and international level, is a serial title-winner and like Neto offers the versatility to fill in for team-mates in other forward positions.

Johan Bakayoko - PSV Eindhoven

If being spotted by a goalscoring legend like Ruud van Nistelrooy isn't reference enough, Johan Bakayoko has the performances in the Dutch Eredivisie, Champions League and the Belgian national team at only 21-years-old to prove why he should be a top Newcastle target.

Promoted from the club's second team, Jong PSV, when the ex-Man United striker was in charge, the young talent immediately carved a path into the PSV Eindhoven starting line-up. He has since made 85 appearances, scoring 21 goals and notching 19 assists.

Last summer he was hotly debated for a move to the Premier League, with Newcastle linked alongside Burnley, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

Via our other sister site, the Liverpool ECHO, Bakayoko chose to remain in the Netherlands for the 23/24 season but has now fuelled new rumours by telling local newspaper Het Belang van Limburg: "The only thing I can say is that next year I will be on a football pitch somewhere."

Nico Gonzalez - Fiorentina

Circumstance could fall kindly upon Newcastle or any other club that goes in for Fiorentina's Argentinian winger this summer.

For a start, what makes Nico Gonzalez a worthy transfer target is his eye for goal. The 26-year-old's output has increased over three years in Serie A, last year scoring 12 and assisting twice in 29 appearances, and has proven himself on the continental stage also with 13 goal contributions across two Europa Conference League campaigns, in which La Viola painfully finished runners-up on both occasions.

His team are undergoing major changes with the exit of manager Vincenzo Italiano this summer, so could unsettle the player for a transfer. He was said to have turned down £35m interest from Brentford 12 months ago though, and the signing of a renewed deal back then means his price tag could reach as high as £50m, say Tutto Mercato Web.

Wilfried Gnonto - Leeds United

Similarly, circumstance would help Newcastle to a simple signing in Wilfried Gnonto's case. Leeds are said to be in desperate need of income at short notice to pay off past transfer fees, in order to ultimately stay on the correct side of EFL financial laws.

They have so far been helped by investment from Red Bull and are set to sell a number of players who were loaned at last year. Therefore according to Graeme Bailey, the 20-year-old's future rests on who else leaves Elland Road from attacking positions, and is believed to cost any suitor £30m.

Yankuba Minteh - Newcastle United

Perhaps there is no need for any business at all? The Magpies already made a right-wing signing in Yankuba Minteh 12 months ago, and his year-long loan to Dutch club Feyenoord in the time since has yielded fantastic results for all concerned.

In 27 appearances he scored 10 goals and recorded six assists, starting exactly half of the matches Arne Slot's side played. At 19 that experience will set him up well for a return to Newcastle, but if Howe deems it too soon for the Gambian, then a suitable loan must again be found and an alternative, more experienced option by sounded out for the first-team.

Reiss Nelson - Arsenal

Last summer Reiss Nelson committed his future to boyhood club Arsenal, likely knowing what that would mean with proven options such as Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard ahead of him.

He played only 255 minutes in the 2023/24 campaign and told our third sister site football.london he wanted more playing time. So, at 24 and with a long career ahead of him perhaps an offer of first-team football from Newcastle could sway the player's mind, as was the case with former team-mate Joe Willock.

Matias Soule - Juventus

A final look at the Italian market - and again directly at Juventus - provides one more option for Newcastle chiefs to consider. At only 20-years-old, Matias Soule his risen through the Old Lady's youth ranks before putting up impressive numbers in a breakout Serie A campaign.

In 2023/24 on loan at Frosinone he recorded 11 goals and three assists in 36 outings, but even with those statistics to his name, Juve are said to be lining up his sale at a massive risk, say Tutto Mercato Web, as they hope to fund other transfers. Bayer Leverkusen and Aston Villa have so far been linked.

Special mention: Roony Bardghji - FC Copenhagen

At any other time, Roony Bardghji would be higher on this list. The 18-year-old is one of the most highly-coveted talents on the continent, proving that with Champions League group stage goals to send his team through to the knockouts at the expense of Man United and Galatasaray last season.

However, a fresh knee injury is set to keep him sidelined for between nine to 12 months, therefore making a transfer not a viable option at this moment in time. He is certainly one to keep an eye on, providing proof of a full recovery in time.