L’Équipe have provided a report today on how they anticipate Newcastle United’s approach to the French market might change should the club’s acquisition by Saudi Arabia go through.
Historically, the Magpies in the last 10 years have had a real affinity with Ligue 1, having purchased a raft of talents from France in the last decade, including Yohan Cabaye, Florian Thauvin, Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Debuchy and Rémy Cabella.
NUFC have also had strong relationships with a number of well-connected intermediaries operating in France, including Simon Stainrod, Willie McKay and Rudy Raba.
One unnamed intermediary had the following to say on how the Saudi Arabian acquisition of the Premier League club might affect things in this regard.
“It could have a very big influence on the French market. In a tricky transfer market, it could be a real hit of oxygen this summer. We should always have the feeling that, when you are envisaging the arrival of new buyers at a club, that France is seen, much like Brazil and Belgium for example, as the land of prospering youth talents.”
Another agent commented:
“Their investment will be massive. Potentially, they will have the same means as Manchester City. They are looking for a Sporting Director, a manager, a Head of Youth Academy, they are going to investment massively. They want to have an immediate impact. And for that, what market is better than France?”
The report goes on to indicate that contacts with Mauricio Pochettino are very concrete, and his links to the French market would provide another reason to expect Newcastle to be active in France this summer should he accept the job – but not so fast.
One intermediary adds that the acquisition of the club might not pass the Premier League checks:
“Certain people are saying that they won’t get past the step of the Premier League Owners and Directors test.”