are reportedly planning a huge summer spending spree, with several Arsenal targets on their shopping list.
Since their Saudi Arabian takeover in 2021, the Magpies have already spent around £250million on rebuilding their squad, with the likes of Kieran Trippier, Bruno Guimaraes and Alexander Isak arriving at St. James’ Park.
This has helped ’s side dramatically rise up the table, with the club looking good to finish in the top four and qualify for the .
And with the pressures of European football set to come next season, Howe and co. are already preparing for when the summer transfer window opens, and the English manager is keen to keep up his side’s momentum by recruiting ‘four elite players’.
As for who this quartet could be, Newcastle have an extensive shortlist made up of some of the best talent in the Premier League, all of whom are targets for top teams like Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea.
According to , this includes Leicester duo James Maddison and Harvey Barnes, West Ham stars Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen, Brighton’s Moises Caicedo and Kaoru Mitoma and Brentford striker Ivan Toney.
But it is not just outside the ‘big-six’ where the Magpies are looking, with Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney, City’s Kalvin Phillips, United’s Scott McTominay and Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher.
Finally, from across Europe, Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram, Celta Vigo’s Gabri Veiga, Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby and Napoli pair Victor Osimhen and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia are all of interest also.
The inclusion of Rice and Caicedo are particularly noteworthy, with one if not both heavily tipped to join league leaders Arsenal in the summer, with Brighton rejecting a £70million bid for the latter in January.
Newcastle are however concerned that Howe’s plans will be disrupted by Financial Fair Play regulations, but are hopeful that the revenue provided by Champions League football and additional sponsors can cover them.
Following the shock 3-0 defeat at Aston Villa, Newcastle are fourth in the table, only three points ahead of Spurs but with a game in hand, as they prepare to host the Lilywhites on Sunday.
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