Newcastle part ways with 9 players after securing Champions League qualification


“Newcastle United confirms the departure of 8 first-team players after their contracts expired in June, including Ciaran Clark, Matty Longstaff, Harry Barclay, Niall Brookwell, Dan Langley, Joe Oliver, Josh Stewart, and Isaac Westendorf,” stated Newcastle’s announcement.

In addition, the 9th player leaving the team is Chris Wood, who has joined Nottingham Forest for a fee of £15 million. The striker spent the 2022/23 Premier League season on loan before being permanently signed.

Among the players leaving St James’ Park, the departure of Longstaff is the most regrettable. He scored the winning goal in Newcastle’s Premier League debut against Manchester United in 2019. However, the midfielder didn’t fulfill the expectations.


On the other hand, Newcastle has decided to activate one-year contract extensions for Matt Ritchie and Dan Burn. They have also made an offer to extend Loris Karius’ stay for another season and are awaiting a response from the former Liverpool goalkeeper.

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After finishing 4th in the Premier League, Newcastle promises to strengthen their squad significantly. The club is targeting players such as Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay from Manchester United, Nicolo Barella from Inter Milan, and James Maddison from Leicester City.


Currently, Newcastle’s record signing is Alexander Isak (£60 million). Among the top 5 most expensive transfers in the club’s history, 4 of them occurred after the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) invested in the team. These deals include Isak, Anthony Gordon (£39 million), Bruno Guimaraes (£36 million), and Sven Botman (£32 million).


Mirror estimates that Newcastle could earn around £100 million from participating in the upcoming Champions League. This figure includes £50 million from the tournament itself and the remainder from broadcasting rights. If they advance beyond the group stage, “The Magpies” have the opportunity to earn an additional £20 million.

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