After Botman and Guimaraes, Newcastle could continue to recruit in Ligue 1. Bamba Dieng and Lucas Paqueta are targeted by the Magpies.
Passed under the Saudi flag since the fall of 2021, Newcastle has succeeded in the first stage of his project: to stay in the Premier League. And in a very nice way. Under the aegis of Eddie Howe, the Magpies had a great second half of the season and finished in an 11th place which seemed unattainable in December.
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To continue on this rhythm, the English club took advantage of this transfer window to strengthen their rearguard with the arrivals of Sven Botman, Matt Targett and Nick Pope. But after the victory against Nottingham (2-0) on the first day of the Premier League, the English coach said he wanted more attacking reinforcements, and Ligue 1 could once again be his hunting ground.
An opportunity for Dieng?
According to information from English journalist Graeme Bailey, Newcastle would target two other players from the French championship after Bruno Guimaraes and Sven Botman, both bought at a high price. Keen to strengthen their attack – Chris Wood having scored only twice in 18 appearances since his arrival – they could take advantage of the situation of Bamba Dieng at Marseilles.
Newcastle are ready to push ahead with moves for Marseille’s Bamba Dieng and Lyon’s Lucas Paqueta.
The prices for both players fit well into Newcastle’s budget and they are have both been on the club’s radar since the turn of the year.@90min_Football https://t.co/ByHKcoHg4t
— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) August 9, 2022
Set aside by Igor Tudor, the Senegalese striker witnessed his team’s victory against Reims on Sunday (4-1) from the stands and seems closer than ever to a departure, even more so with the imminent arrival ofAlexis Sanchez in the Marseille city. An amount between 15 and 20 million euros could convince the Olympian leaders to let go of the Senegalese international (11 caps, 1 goal), who could be tempted to gain playing time before the 2022 World Cup.
Paqueta always in the viewfinder
The other target is a Brazilian midfielder who plays Lyons. It is obviously not about Guimaraes but about his great friend Lucas Paqueta. Last winter, the Black and Whites tried to score a double blow in the Rhône and do not seem to have given up hope. The prospect of recomposing the duo that enchanted Groupama Stadium is very popular in the North East of England.
Lucas Paqueta with a glorious goal in Lyon’s 3-3 draw with Clermont on Sunday.
That backheel from Bruno Guimaraes 😍pic.twitter.com/yzT1CHieTp
—Robin Bairner (@RBairner) August 23, 2021
And if the Lyon leaders are ready to see their demands lower (they asked for 60 million this winter), Newcastle will have to be wary ofArsenalalso interested in the 24-year-old attacking midfielder.