Newcastle urged to snap up Chelsea winger Willian on free transfer

Newcastle’s prospective new owners have been advised to start their tenure by signing Chelsea winger Willian on a free transfer, in a bid to ‘reboot’ the club’s academy.

PCP Capital Partners are closing in on their £300m purchase of Newcastle from the much-maligned current owner Mike Ashley.

The Saudi Arabia-backed company will own 80 per cent of the club, with Amanda Staveley and the Reuben Brothers sharing the remaining 20 per cent equally.

Barton believes Newcastle will need a blend of youth and experience and says bringing in Willian would be a good start.

The 31-year-old has been at Chelsea for seven years and won the Premier League twice in that time, as well as the FA Cup and Europa League.

Willian would bring a wealth of experience with him if he joins Newcastle
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But he has rejected all of the Blues’ offers of a new contract and admitted earlier this month he is likely to leave the club when his current deal expires.

“The academy needs looking after and a reboot, and going forward now looking at players like [Chelsea forward] Willian who is up for a free transfer,” Barton told talkSPORT.

“They are the type of players that you need, to bed them in and mix experienced and younger players.”

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The former England international also believes the takeover could spell bad new for current Magpies boss Steve Bruce, as the new owners will have lofty ambitions.

While the veteran manager has done well to guide the club away from the relegation zone in his first season in charge, Barton could see the new regime replacing him with ex-Tottenham manager Mauricio Pocettino.

“With all due respect to Steve, and I’ve got a lot of respect for him, he’s not one of the top-level coaches around the world,” he added.

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