Newcastle United made a lot of transfers in their first transfer window under new ownership.
The club spent approximately £90 million to bring in five players: Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Bruno Guimaraes, Matt Targett, and Dan Burn.
The goal for each player was to help the team maintain their status in the Premier League, which they did by finishing 11th and staying 14 points above the relegation zone.
With the exception of Chris Wood, who was sold to Nottingham Forest in January, all of the new players have helped the team reach new levels, and they are close to securing a spot in the Champions League.
According to Aleksandr Golovin’s agent Alexander Klyuev, the Monaco star might have been one of the players to help Newcastle, but he did not end up joining the team.
“There was serious interest from Newcastle at the very beginning of 2022,” Klyuev told Championat. “There was an offer. We were ready to discuss it if the clubs agreed. We understood that Newcastle, given the arrival of serious investors, is an interesting prospect.”
Despite receiving offers from West Ham United and Everton, Aleksandr Golovin, a talented attacking midfielder, desires to join a team that competes in European competitions.
“At different times, West Ham and Everton were testing the ground,” Klyuev added. “But ‘Sasha’ wanted to join a club that plays in European competitions. There is a desire to play at the maximum level.”
Newcastle United will be able to offer that next season as they have already secured a top seven finish with five games left to play.
Since joining Ligue 1’s Monaco from CSKA Moscow in 2018, Golovin has scored 24 goals and provided 33 assists. This move followed a successful World Cup campaign.