The newest Premier League contender, Newcastle United, have been thinking big for a few months since Saudi Arabia took over the club and they are determined to take a definitive step to become great in European football.
The Magpies project is taking more and more shape, and they have seemingly targeted a Paris Saint-Germain player to bolster their roster. That makes sense, considering Newcastle are about to clinch a top-4 finish that will allow them to play in the Champions League next season.
With Champions League football on their horizon, the nouveau riche from Tyneside are starting to plan ahead and they have seemingly targeted PSG's forward and Brazil international Neymar Jr, who could Paris this summer.
In the next transfer market, the English side have clear ideas: sign players who can really make a difference, which is something the Brazilian winger would do nicely while plying his trade in the best league in Europe.
According to information from Relevo, Newcastle has asked about Neymar already, "calling the footballer's entourage," after getting to know that the player is "unhappy in Paris after the treatment received by the fans and is seriously considering a change of scene in the summer."
Neymar's salary, the main obstacle for Newcastle United
Nevertheless, the Neymar-Newcastle marriage is not at all advanced at this point and the agreement might turn into a complicated one on a purely financial level, mainly due to the wages reportedly demanded by the Brazilian.
Of course, the most feasible destination for Neymar, especially due to the question of price and salary, is the Premier League, although that doesn't mean Newcastle will necessarily have the means to pull off such a transfer.
It is no longer breaking news that PSG intends to sell Neymar. However, Newcastle seems an unlikely destination if only because of the huge investment it'd take NUFC and their owners from PIF to make it happen, and the implications it might have in future Financial Fair Play issues.
The priority for the Parisian team is to put together a team that is barely (or not at all) dependent on the Brazilian and his availability, which has been a problem for the South American in the second halves of seasons for many years now. Considering the player's contract runs until June 2027, though, the most probable path forward for PSG is to just relegate Neymar to a secondary role and go from there.
However, Neymar still considers himself a top-tier player at the peak of his talents and right in the prime of his career.
Neymar will want to play as many games and minutes as possible in a prominent role, and if PSG cannot guarantee him that position then he might opt to force an exit making it a possibility that can't be ruled out before the start of next season.