Five departures and five arrivals - How Newcastle United's summer transfer window could unfold

The summer transfer window is fast approaching and Eddie Howe is plotting how his Newcastle United squad will look when the 2024/25 campaign rolls around.

The Magpies have been formulating plans for the upcoming window since January after Financial Fair Play concerns saw no new senior arrivals on Tyneside mid-season. Howe, and his crack transfer team, are therefore hoping for a fast start to the summer.

In terms of departures, the trio of Loris Karius, Paul Dummett and Matt Ritchie all appear destined to say their goodbyes. All three are out of contract in June after playing bit-part roles this term.

Karius is set to return to Germany or move closer to his Italian-based partner after just two appearances in a Newcastle shirt, one of those being the Carabao Cup final at Wembley in 2023. Dummett and Ritchie have featured slightly more in recent months but their respective renewals depended heavily on Newcastle securing European qualification.

Manchester United beating rivals Manchester City in the FA Cup final may just have killed those hopes and could subsequently force Dummett and Ritchie out the door and off the wage bill.

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Speaking to Chronicle Live during the recent post-season trip to Australia, Howe said: "I don't think it will be an overhaul but I am not in control of it. Some things might happen so you don't know. I have seen it so many times where things you don't expect unfold. So we have to be ready to adapt."

In terms of other exits, Newcastle have two sellable assets at the top end of the pitch in the form of Miguel Almiron and Callum Wilson - two players who attracted serious interest in January.

Almiron was wanted by Saudi side Al-Shabab and the Magpies will be confident of recouping most, if not all, of the £20m they paid for him back in 2019 should sufficient interest emerge this time around. Recently-promoted Ipswich Town have been linked with a move in recent days, while Almiron's agent claims other top flight clubs have registered in an interest.

As for Wilson, he was pursued by Atletico Madrid in January but remained at St James' Park where he picked up another serious injury, missing a big chunk of the business end of the season.

The forward, 32, is out of contract in 2025 meaning Newcastle need to make a decision over his future this summer or risk losing him on a free or for a minimal fee. Wilson won't attract the same price tag as Almiron given his age but would likely still offer a boost to Howe's kitty is offloaded in the summer.

The Newcastle boss, however, is inclined to keep Wilson at the club due to the costs of replacing a prolific top flight striker these days. The situation with the former Bournemouth attacker is certainly an interesting one.

Howe, as ever, wants to start the new season with a stronger squad than he finished the last with. As such, it is no surprise to see Newcastle moving quickly, and boldly, to steal a march on their rivals.

The north east side want both Tosin Adarabioyo and Lloyd Kelly on free transfers, fending off their Premier League counterparts in the process. Newcastle are confident of landing both men despite late pressure.

Interest has also been registered in Valencia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili, who would likely rival Nick Pope for the number one spot at St James' Park. The Georgian stopper appeared to say a teary goodbye to the Mestalla Stadium during his side's final home game of the La Liga campaign earlier this month.

That would be a significant outlay, with Valencia expected to demand north of £30m for his services. This proves how vital landing Adarabioyo and Kelly on a free would be to Newcastle and their ability to strengthen in other positions; more than likely the two positions left vacant should Wilson and Almiron depart.

Jacob Murphy has rivalled the latter for a spot on the right this season, while Anthony Gordon can also deputise on that flank despite preferring to be deployed on the left. It's likely an upgrade for Miggy would be sought should he leave in the coming weeks.

Pedro Neto and Michael Olise are two names to have been mentioned in recent weeks, with the Newcastle hierarchy admiring the attacking pair. However, neither would come cheap and have both had injury concerns in recent seasons.

As for a potential Wilson replacement, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Benjamin Sesko have been heavily linked of late. The former is out of contract in 2025 and is said to be available at £25m.

Sesko's agent has been in the UK on more than one occasion and recently admitted Premier League interest in his client. It would be a statement signing if Newcastle could win the race to persuade him into leaving RB Leipzig.