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And even though Newcastle actually broke their transfer record in 2019/20, it is still fairly safe to say that they might have a couple more in the store in the upcoming years, especially with the likely new ownership aiming to potentially rebuild the club to their liking.
Still, as of right now, Joelinton’s big-money move from TSG Hoffenheim for £39.6m in the summer of 2019 takes the cake as their biggest and most expensive transfer in the history of the club. Of course, his actual impact on the pitch is a story for another time but the centre-forward definitely ruffled a few feathers with his arrival.
And that becomes even more evident when we take into account that the previous record-holder was none other than Micheal Owen with his £22.5m transfer from Real Madrid in, wait for it, 2005/06.
As far as departures go, there have been a few that really stand out but most are quite old. Andy Carroll’s £36.9m switch to Liverpool in 2010/11 is still the most lucrative piece of business the Magpies have ever done but is also closely followed by Moussa Sissoko’s £31.5m transfer to Tottenham Hotspur in 2016/17.
Of course, we have to mention that their 2019/20 sale of Ayoze Perez to Leicester City for a reported fee of £30m is now their third biggest sale to date.
Newcastle are truly a historic club and as such, they have had more than their fair share of icons at the club. Nowadays, Joelinton is among the famous signings purely for his big price tag but, as we’ve already mentioned, the striker’s stint as one of the Magpies hasn’t been going all that well, has it?
But moving away from failed transfers, we absolutely have to mention a man who’s probably Newcastle’s favourite son, Alan Shearer. Needless to say, his arrival from Blackburn for £18.9m in 1996 was a beginning of a beautiful story for both the player and the club and is, to this day, the most memorable transfer to have happened at Newcastle.
Of course, Blackburn also provided the Black and Whites with Shay Given for a reported fee of £2m just a year after Shearer, and he had a remarkable time between the sticks at the club.
But Newcastle under the ownership of Mike Ashley have become famous for buying players and then making profit off of their sales later on. The likes of Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic or Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum can surely attest to that.
Still, with the whispers of that Saudi takeover growing ever stronger, a new era might be just around the corner at St James’ Park.