Jarrod Bowen, AC Milan star and £55m boost - Newcastle's dream line-up after transfer window


Newcastle United are set for a busy end to their summer transfer window in what has already been a hectic start to their summer.

The Magpies have already said goodbye to seven players this summer, with Yankuba Minteh and Elliot Anderson signing for Brighton and Nottingham Forest, and Paul Dummett, Matt Ritchie, Loris Karius, Kell Watts and Jeff Hendrick all leaving the club on a free transfer.

United have already made three new signings, as well, with centre-half Lloyd Kelly joining from Bournemouth on a free transfer and goalkeepers Odysseas Vlachodimos and John Ruddy joining from Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City respectively.

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And they have a new sporting director, too, with Paul Mitchell replacing Dan Ashworth, who has joined Manchester United after a long drawn out compensation process,

Mitchell's data driven recruitment model has seen him have successful spells with MK Dons, Southampton, Tottenham, RB Leipzig and Monaco and there is great excitement to see who Newcastle can recruit.

Newcastle are known to be in the market for a new right-sided centre-half and a new right-winger and if they land a couple of marquee signings in those roles, they will be well on their way to qualifying for European competition again next season.

They have already been linked with a host of names and, as such, Chronicle Live, have taken a look at what Newcastle's dream starting XI could look like at the end of the transfer window.

Goalkeeper

Nick Pope will remain Newcastle's undisputed number one goalkeeper next season. Vlachodimos will be Newcastle's second choice goalkeeper, with Ruddy and Mark Gillespie offering them competition in the goalkeeping department.

Last season's second choice goalkeeper Martin Dubravka will almost certainly leave the club after impressing at EURO 2024 with Slovakia. He has interest from Celtic, as well as clubs in Saudi Arabia and Germany.

Defence

If Kieran Trippier remains at Newcastle amid reported transfer interest, he will remain first choice at right-back and Tino Livramento and Emil Krafth will act as more than able deputies.

Newcastle are in the market for a new right-sided centre-back and reports continue to link them with a move for AC Milan defender Malick Thiaw. The 22-year-old only joined Milan from Schalke two years ago but the Magpies could test their resolve with a move for the £34million rated defender.

If Thiaw signs he would compete for a place with Fabian Schar and club captain Jamaal Lascelles, when he recovers from a knee injury. Newcastle have healthy competition in the other centre-back berth, too, with new signing Kelly set to compete with Sven Botman, once he recovers from a knee injury, too.

Lewis Hall made huge strides at left-back towards the end of last season and the youngster will compete with the experienced Dan Burn for a starting place.

Midfield

Now Anderson has been sold, Newcastle have six genuine midfield options for three positions. Brazilian pair Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton are almost certainties to be first choice in the midfield three and Sandro Tonali would likely join them in United's strongest XI.

Tonali, who joined Newcastle from AC Milan in a £55million deal last summer, will feel like a new signing at the club when he returns from a 10-month ban in August, having last played for United on October 25, 2023.

Sean Longstaff, Joe Willock and teenage sensation Lewis Miley will serve as more than able deputies.

Front three

Anthony Gordon was Newcastle's Player of the Season last term and, if Newcastle can stave off interest from the likes of Liverpool and Man City, will be the first name on the teamsheet on the left hand side of the front three.

Harvey Barnes will be his deputy and the former Leicester winger will hope to kick on this season after an injury ravaged debut campaign at St James' Park.

The Magpies are in the market for a new right-winger and England international Jarrod Bowen is a name that has been mentioned at recruitment meetings.

A huge bid will be needed to prise him away from West Ham United but, given he has over 20 goal contributions in each of the last three seasons, it is a price worth paying.

Should Newcastle land a player of Bowen's calibre, Jacob Murphy would act as a back-up right-winger and it would almost certainly spell the end of Miguel Almiron's time at the club, amid interest from Saudi Arabia.

Through the middle, Alexander Isak will start the season as Newcastle's leading man after scoring 25 goals last term. The question is whether Callum Wilson remains his deputy or whether United cash in on the 32-year-old and sign a younger alternative.

They could even do that and keep Wilson at the club, although if West Ham or Saudi interest materialises into a bid for a player who has one year remaining on his current deal, Newcastle may find it hard to say no.

Newcastle's dream starting XI after the 2024 summer transfer window: Pope; Trippier, Thiaw, Botman, Hall; Tonali, Bruno, Joelinton; Bowen, Gordon; Isak