The work of art that was more expensive than Newcastle
A true revolution. That is what Newcastle are experiencing. The English club was acquired on Thursday by a billionaire Saudi sheikh who promises to take the institution to the top. And now, it transcended a work of art for which the brand new buyer paid more than to take the Magpies. Impressive.
Celebrations at the gate of the stadium.
As it became known, the brand new owners invested some 353 million euros to stay with the traditional English club. But, some time ago, the buyer had the luxury of taking a painting attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci for which he paid a little more than 388 sticks of European currency. Crazy.
Salman acquired the painting called “Salvator Mundi” at an auction in 2017 and, after refusing to donate it to an exhibition of the painter at the famous Louvre Museum in Paris, he took it to one of his many yachts.
The painting is considered the most expensive in history and generated controversy some time later, since experts in the field determined that it was painted near Da Vinci’s living room but not by him, and that the confusion is due to a mistake he made. one of his assistants.
THE PLAN TO CONQUER THE PREMIER AND EUROPE
The club passed into the hands of a sheikh.
“Newcastle deserve to be at the top of the Premier League. We want to get there. It will take time, but we will get there.” said Amanda Staveley, chief executive of PIF, the Saudi fund that controls Newcastle, and who now sits on the board of the British club. It is the sheikh’s ambition: to lead the team to fight for everything. But how?
To begin with, the team must remain in First Division, since had a bad start to the league and are second to last (the last three relegated), without victories in seven dates: three draws and four defeats. From there, to achieve that this mood boom reverberates in the team, it is from where the Sheikh and the Saudis seek to lay the foundations. And then yes, invest.
The ambition of the investment group is great, since they are not only looking for Newcastle to fight for the English crown, but also for the Champions League, yes. “We want to win titles, obviously. Being at the top of the Premier and Europe. But that requires patience, investment and time “, stated Amanda Staveley.
To begin with, Mohamed Bin Salman acquired 80% of the club for 300 million pounds. After that, he already analyzes how to strengthen the team, although he will have to wait until January, when the market opens. It would not be surprising that it is the institution with the most movement at the beginning of 2022.
Steve Bruce is the current DT, and although his continuity is still not in doubt, from England they report that the sheik and his group are following other coaches such as Steven Gerrard (today in Glasgow Rangers), Bredan Rodgers (Leicester) and four who do not have a team: Paulo Fonseca, Frank Lampard, Eddie Howe and Antonio Conte.
Important names also began to appear, recognized players who can give a quality leap to the team. Edison Cavani is the great target, especially after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo to United, which relegated him a bit in the team. Ciro Immobile, from Lazio, is another one that likes. Gareth Bale, in Real Madrid, and Coutinho, in Barcelona, are two in the pipeline. And so it would be armed …
Today, Newcastle do not have great figures, although they do have some doubts in their walk. Also with a revolution due to the arrival of the investment group, of course. Federico Fernández is the only Argentine on the squad. In addition, there is the Paraguayan Miguel Almirón.
The plan to be reborn is underway. The goal is to fight hard in England, but also in Europe. It took time for Manchester City, Chelsea and PSG, but they succeeded. Newcastle wants to repeat that story.
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