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Newcastle United look set to enter a new and exciting era as the Amanda Staveley-brokered deal backed by the Saudi Public Investment should be announced any day now.
The pending takeover should see Newcastle’s transfer funds skyrocket into territory never seen before by the club, particularly while under the hugely unpopular Mike Ashley.
Despite the restrictions of Financial Fair Play, reports suggest Newcastle can spend up to £150million in the next transfer window. Some claim the Magpies' spending could even exceed that.
The result of this is a plethora of highly-rated footballing names linked with Newcastle, leaving supporters with little choice but to get excited.
Here, we take a look at five big names all linked with a move to St. James' Park to assess the viability of the deals…
Cavani might be past his best but he's still more than capable of supplying the goods for a top side.
According to reports, the consortium sees the 33-year-old as a suitable target man to lead the line for their new club.
With bags of experience and footballing intelligence, the Uruguayan would be a sure-fire fit for a Newcastle side who have sights set on a competitive finish next season.
However, his form has dropped in the last couple of seasons. This term he's netted seven goals in 22 games, while last year he managed 23 in 33. Remarkably, that was his lowest seasonal tally for Paris Saint-Germain.
Cavani will be a free agent in the summer and it remains to be seen whether PSG will offer him a new contract. He had looked set to join Atlético Madrid in January before the move collapsed.
Even if PSG offer their all-time leading scorer a new deal, there are doubts the veteran will be guaranteed regular first-team minutes, especially as the French side have an option to make Mauro Icardi's loan from Internazionale permanent.
Cavani is a fan favourite at the Parc de Princes, having been there since 2013, and it's not like PSG are in desperate need of money.
However, want-away forward Neymar is reportedly looking for a return to Barcelona, and PSG could really do without two of their star forwards leaving in the same window.
Vidal might have lost a yard or two of pace but he is still a player who possesses an astronomical amount of stamina for his age. A midfield engine, any team would be hard-pressed to find a player with as much offensive and defensive ability as the 32-year-old.
The box-to-box midfielder is able to find the back of the net too, netting 105 goals in 579 club appearances.
Now reaching the end of his career and having already achieved glory in Germany, Italy and Spain, a move to England would make sense.
Indeed, reports suggest Manchester United had been keen on bringing Vidal to Old Trafford. But he was ‘unconvinced' by the move and is now ‘considering' Newcastle instead. That is predicated on the new owners appointing former Juventus boss Max Allegri, who he played under at Juventus.
But Newcastle’s plans may be scuppered if Barça use the Chilean as leverage to get their top target, Lautaro Martinez, from Internazionale.
This is compounded with the fact Vidal remains an important figure at the club, despite criticism that his style of play does not match the La Masia blueprint.
Coutinho was shipped off to Bayern Munich on loan for the season after failing to impress at the Camp Nou. He spent two seasons playing in LaLiga, scoring 21 goals in 76 games, but that wasn’t enough for the Catalan giants who are still searching for a man to fill the shoes left by Neymar.
Things haven’t improved much in Germany since Coutinho's £8million loan move to the Bundesliga in what’s been a mixed spell.
Liverpool have reportedly rejected a return for the attacker, presumably owing to their already superb attacking force and the circumstances in which he left Anfield in the first place.
Barça want to move Coutinho out for good, and not on another loan deal, with Bayern already turning down the chance to sign the 27-year-old permanently. The situation has reportedly caught Newcastle's attention.
Their new ownership could make St. James' Park the perfect destination for a man who knows the Premier League very well and has shone in England before.
It would be some statement of intent from Newcastle's prospective owners if they managed to nab Griezmann from Barcelona.
Despite being one of the most prolific strikers in LaLiga in recent seasons, the Frenchman has only managed eight goals in 26 games in his first season.
The 29-year-old joined from LaLiga rivals Atlético Madrid last season after Barça met his £106.7million buyout clause in controversial circumstances.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner is more than just a goalscorer and provides a myriad of other qualities.
He has a brilliant positional sense and high work-rate, meaning he regularly wins possession back in the opposition's half while creating chances through his slick passing in the final third.
The 29-year-old was linked to Manchester United last summer, even admitting he almost signed for the Red Devils, but eventually opted to continue his time in Spain and moved to Barça.
Without UEFA Champions League football, the Magpies may have a hard time persuading the forward to make a move to the Premier League. But reports he is unhappy at Barcelona persist and the chance to move to Tyneside to be part of an exciting project could prove appealing.
On the face of it, Alexander Sørloth would seem like just another out-of-favour Premier League flop who's been loaned out. In reality, the 24-year-old's form has been so good this season even Real Madrid are in pursuit.
The Norwegian international signed for Crystal Palace for a reported fee of £9million in January 2018 but, after two hapless seasons, he was shipped out on loan to Gent having scored just once in 20 appearances.
Sørloth can dominate the box with his natural strength and height, while he would be the perfect man to latch onto chances created on the flanks.
In the Belgian league last campaign, he tallied just five goals in 22 outings. But since arriving at Turkish Süper Lig side for Trabzonspor, the recently-dubbed King of the North has bagged 25 goals in 39 showings.
The Magpies had sent scouts to watch the 6ft 4in striker in February, according to Fotospor, and while Newcastle are set to announce the takeover, it's possible they could go for the forward with their newfound wealth.