It’s a little bit late for me to be reading the Daily Mail but it’s hard not to read a piece from the Daily Telegraph that has been circulating around the internet recently.
It talks about a lot more than just the Liverpool side that finished second last season, it’s about how the league’s “league of change” has gone and how a number of teams are looking to take advantage of it.
A big one, as you might imagine, is Newcastle United, who have been looking to improve upon last season’s league position.
In a move that was apparently made at the request of former Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, they have appointed Paul Clement as their new manager.
Clement, who has spent the last decade at Newcastle United and won the league title with them in 2015, will take over the club that he led to a second consecutive title in 2016.
In fact, he’s got quite the pedigree as a player, having played at Ajax, Real Madrid and Chelsea.
Cristiano Ronaldo, however, is not only the best player in the world, but the biggest signing in football history.
The Real Madrid striker has reportedly been offered to the New York Red Bulls, but his representatives have rejected the offer and the club has reportedly rejected the Spanish player as well.
It’s hard to see how Newcastle could have come out of this season as favourites to repeat as champions, but there are a number players who have stepped up to fill in for Cristiano Ronaldo this season, which should benefit the club immensely.
However, the biggest surprise is that the biggest name on the list is not the player who was signed to the club in the summer, but another striker.
The name is the new signing of the year, as Manchester United’s Yaya Toure has signed a five-year deal with the club.
As we’ve previously discussed, Toure was one of the best players at Old Trafford last season and has since gone on to win the Golden Boot award, so he should be able to make an impact in the league and the Premier League.
However the signing of Toure, as well as the signing the former Manchester United striker Alvaro Negredo, makes for a much different team than Newcastle.
The Red Bulls are one of a number teams looking to build around Yaya and Alvaros, and the arrival of the Spanish forward should allow Newcastle to bring on two new signings to complement the likes of Yaya, Negredo and Yoan Gouffran.
However there is still a problem.
While Toure will help Newcastle improve their attacking potential, the arrival at the expense of a young, exciting talent such as Alvarado could have a negative impact on the team.
Alvaro has been a disappointment in the Premier of Manchester this season and Newcastle may want to bring him on board for one of their star players, but Alvarismo’s departure from the club could have an even bigger impact on his future at the club than his departure from United.
It is a similar story with Yoan.
Although the player is still only 20 years old, it will be interesting to see if Newcastle want to pay the young Brazilian to join the club or if they simply want to sign him to fill their roster.
There is one player who has been talked about as being linked with the Red Bulls in recent weeks, and that is Yoan Gourcuff.
The French winger has impressed at the French Ligue 1 club Lorient, but it seems that Newcastle will have to pay a high price to bring the player over.
As previously reported by ESPN FC, Newcastle have offered a £15 million fee for the French international, which is far more than the previous fee Manchester United paid for Alvarista in 2016 and £15m was also the highest offer the Red Bull could make.
Gourcuffs signing would be a massive coup for Newcastle, but he is still just 20 years of age and the Red Devils may not be able afford to let him go.
The arrival of a player of Alvaroso’s calibre will also benefit the squad, with a number talented young players coming through.
It may seem like the signing will be a waste of money, but a number clubs have already been linked with Yayo’s signature and the signing may be a coup for the Newcastle fans.
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