Romelu Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello has told Newcastle to initially stay clear of the large majority of top players in a statement that will come as a huge relief to all of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.
The Magpies are now officially the richest club in world football, eclipsing the wealth of Man City’s owners who were the richest before this deal was confirmed earlier this month.
The Saud-led consortium’s £300million purchase of the 80% shares that were held by Mike Ashley has fuelled rumours of the calibre of players the club can now attract as a result of this huge change.
“Newcastle United deserves to be top of the Premier League. We want to get there. It will take time, but we will get there,” Staveley said to Sky Sports straight after the takeover was completed and made public.
“We’re proud to be part of the Premier League. It’s an incredibly competitive league, which we love. Premier League football is the best in the world, and Newcastle United is the best team in the world.
“We want to see it get those trophies, obviously. At top of the Premier League, in Europe, but to get trophies means patience, investment, time. We want everybody to work with us to build the club towards what it needs to be.”
However, Pastorello’s warning to Amanda Staveley and co. will be of some relief to fans of the London trio who were initially worried that Newcastle would now monopolise the transfer market when it came to sweeping up all the world-class talent.
His view is that the hierarchy are going to have to be smart with their investments, adhere to Financial Fair Play regulations and make sure they bring in the right type of characters- not necessarily ‘top players’ – who are only prepared to join for a huge payday.
“Newcastle have great potential but they should not be driven by only the money,” the Italian told Sky Sports via our sister outlet The Chronicle Live.
“Of course, they need to pay more than Chelsea, Man United and these kinds of clubs, but they need to create a feeling of a project over time.
“Obliging the top players to come to Newcastle because of money is dangerous because, after the first difficulties, they will give up. It’s a little bit like the problem they have in Paris now. They are paying a lot of money – more than others probably – to convince because the league is not the same level as the Premier League or Serie A or La Liga.
“At the end of the day, if players move only for the money, and not the feeling of being happy and being part of a project, then it will be complicated to reach a high level of success. Newcastle should not make this mistake.
“Newcastle is not Paris in terms of the beauty of the city. Supporters should not put too much pressure because it’s really a slow project like, for example, they are doing in Nice. They are doing that in a process. They are creating a strong base.”
All supporters of the aforementioned London trio will be relieved that the Geordies will most likely not sign their next version of Romelu Lukaku, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang or Harry Kane until they make significant and organic growth in this new long-term project.