The summer transfer window is now well underway and Newcastle have bolstered their squad with the signings of Matt Targett and Nick Pope.
Journalist Ben Jacobs recently told The Football Terrace that the Magpies are one of the clubs who are keen on a deal to sign Richarlison from Everton, as PIF plot a swoop for the Premier League striker.
Jacobs said: “[He is] a player that is available in the market. And there’s a few clubs currently looking at him. Newcastle United are considering a swoop as well if they don’t get Ekitike.”
However, it remains to be seen whether or not the Magpies will now firm up their interest with an offer for the £50m star, after the news that they are set to back out of a deal for the Reims attacker.
It has been reported that Newcastle may look to cash in on Allan Saint-Maximin in order to bolster their squad this summer.
A number of Premier League clubs are said to be keen on the French winger, who is valued at £40m, and his head has reportedly been turned by the prospect of raking in a hefty wage increase by moving to another club.
PIF can now seal a masterstroke by selling Saint-Maximin and replacing him with Richarlison, as the Toffees talisman would be a big upgrade on the dynamic Magpies winger.
Both players are capable of playing out wide on the left or through the middle, but the former Watford man has had far more joy in the final third.
Current Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, who worked with the Brazilian at Everton, previously lauded the player’s ability, saying: “Richarlison is a modern striker, a complete striker, because he works really hard. His physical statistics are really high, like a midfielder – but he has speed and he is really clinical in the box.
“He is fantastic with the head and clinical in front of the goalkeeper and his movement without the ball is really good.”
The 25-year-old scored 17 goals and provided eight assists, along with creating 11 ‘big chances’, in the last two Premier League campaigns combined, showing that he has the quality to make a big impact at the top of the pitch.
Meanwhile, Saint-Maximin produced just eight goals and nine assists and created 13 ‘big chances for the Magpies in that time.
This shows that they are similar in terms of how much they create chances for their team-mates, but Richarlison offers a far greater goal threat.
Therefore, Newcastle can land a big upgrade on their current number 10 by bringing in a player who can make a bigger impact in front goal in the top flight next season, with the duo’s respective statistics showing that the Toffees star is the superior player.