Newcastle United were bought for around £300million earlier in the week – making the Magpies the richest club in the Premier League.
Mike Ashley sold his shares to a Saudi Arabia-backed consortium, with the new owners having ambitions to one day challenge for the league title in England.
Speaking following the big-money takeover, the Tyneside-based club’s new director, Amanda Staveley, revealed her plans to win the Premier League title in the future.
“Newcastle United deserves to be top of the Premier League. We want to get there. It will take time, but we will get there,” Staveley told Sky Sports.
“We’re proud to be part of the Premier League. It’s an incredibly competitive league, which we love. Premier League football is the best in the world, and Newcastle United is the best team in the world.
“We want to see it get those trophies, obviously. At top of the Premier League, in Europe, but to get trophies means patience, investment, time. We want everybody to work with us to build the club towards what it needs to be.”
To do that, though, Newcastle, who are currently 19th in the Premier League table, are going to need some serious investment into their squad.
With that being said, let’s take a close look at some Arsenal players Newcastle could target in coming transfer windows – who have a combined value of £125m – as they look to climb up the league table.
Leno, who is valued at £19.8m on Transfermarkt (all following values from Transfermarkt), has less than two years remaining on his Arsenal contract and could be available for a reduced price next summer.
The 29-year-old goalkeeper has recently fallen down the pecking order under Mikel Arteta, with Aaron Ramsdale being the Gunners manager’s preferred choice in recent weeks.
Holding has been strongly linked with a move to Newcastle over the last few transfer windows and could still leave Arsenal in the near future.
The 26-year-old defender, valued at £16.2m, is no longer Arteta’s first choice centre-back following the form of Gabriel Magalhaes and Ben White this season.
Saliba, also valued at £16.2m, is very highly-rated by Arsenal and the club’s fan base, but was linked with a move to Newcastle before making the loan move to Marseille in the summer.
There is clearly interest there from the Magpies – who now have the financial power to try and persuade clubs to sell their prized assets.
Elneny is in the final 12 months of his contract at Arsenal and that has seen his value go down to just £9m.
The Egypt international has been linked with a move to Turkey in recent months, but he could be a cheaper alternative for Newcastle as they look to add squad depth if they are in the market for a midfielder in January.
Maitland-Niles made no secret of his desire to leave Arsenal in the summer transfer window, with Everton said to be interested in the 24-year-old.
The England international has just over a year-and-a-half remaining on his contract at the Emirates Stadium and is valued at £14.4m.
Nketiah is another Arsenal man that is down to the final few months of his contract, meaning he is valued at £10.8m.
The 22-year-old striker has barely featured under Arteta this season and has been linked with a move to another Premier League side in recent months.
Newcastle do not have an array of striking options at the moment, with Callum Wilson, Joelinton and Dwight Gayle available to Steve Bruce at the moment.
Aubameyang is into the final two years of his contract at the Emirates Stadium and was linked with a move away over the summer.
The Gabon international is now 32, meaning his value is down at £22.5m – but Arsenal could be reluctant to sell to a Premier League rival.
Lacazette, like Nketiah, is into the final stages of his Arsenal contract and as it stands, there does not appear to be a plan in place for an extension for the Frenchman.
The 30-year-old is valued at £19.8m, but would likely be sold for less than that if he was to be sold in January to avoid him leaving on a free transfer next summer.
Altogether, the values of these Arsenal players accumulate to £125.1m, as per Transfermarkt.