Newcastle to retain key players: Transfer news

Newcastle to retain key players: Transfer news

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Newcastle are admirers of Jonathan David and have made an enquiry to Lille over the conditions of the attacker, FootballTransfers has been told.

The striker has been linked with a Premier League switch and there is an appreciation of his versatility by the club’s hierarchy but, like Chelsea, no further contact has been made since.

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Newcastle are now confident in keeping their trident of stars ahead of the new season. Alexander Isak, Bruno Guimaraes, and Anthony Gordon are looking ahead to another campaign at St James’ Park despite being the subject of interest by several elite sides.

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Bruno Guimaraes looks set to stay
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Manchester City are still fans of Guimaraes but it will take a substantial offer for Newcastle to sell to the Premier League champions this summer, while we understand the midfielder, who is open to a move to the Etihad, won’t push for one.

Newcastle are hopeful of gaining entry to the Champions League and know that failing to do so could result in seeing star names depart next year.

The club are in search of a right winger, with Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo, Crysencio Summerville of Leeds, and Wolves man Pedro Neto liked. However, no contact has been made with either player’s camp as of yet.

Noni Madueke is greatly admired as well but a deal would be hard to do.

The Magpies have brought in Paul Mitchell as their new sporting director and have recently held recruitment meetings.

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Who is Paul Mitchell?

Mitchell was once an innocuous League One footballer playing in on a mudded pitch for MK Dons. Today, he is one of the most highly sought-after sporting directors in the world.

Mitchell did not extend his stay with Monaco past last summer, where he was for three years.

In 2010, Mitchell was named MK Dons’ first-ever head of recruitment. After a successful spell there, he joined Southampton, then in the Championship, for a job in the same role.

Paul Mitchell joined Newcastle last week
© IMAGO – Paul Mitchell joined Newcastle last week

It was in his first campaign that the Saints got promoted to the Premier League. Mitchell began working with Mauricio Pochettino the following January, bringing fresh stars to the south coast.

Mitchell recruited the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Maya Yoshida, Paulo Gazzaniga and Steven Davies, before joining Pochettino at Tottenham in 2014.

After a reported falling out with Daniel Levy, Mitchell joined RB Leipzig as their head of recruitment and development..

He has joined Newcastle as their sporting director this window to replace Dan Ashworth, who departed to Manchester United.

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