Mbappe or Haaland joining Newcastle is “fantasy”, let alone Rice, says Carragher

Jamie Carragher has dismissed any rumours suggesting world-beaters like Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland could be on their way to Newcastle United following their takeover.

The Magpies were bought last week by billionaire owners courtesy of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and are expected to make big moves in the upcoming transfer windows.

That has led to speculation that many stars could be on their way to the north-east to join what could be the next Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain.

But Liverpool legend Carragher in his column for The Telegraph has rubbished the claims, believing they have a long way to go before being able to attract players of that calibre.

Carragher said: “Only by spending enormous sums can they tempt players away from the traditional Champions League hotspots of London, Manchester and Anfield.

“The most coveted stars will only join once they see proof of imminent short-term success. It’s a fantasy to expect Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland to join Newcastle in the next two or three years.

“They would never surrender Champions League football, and all the potential goalscoring records in that competition they are chasing, for a long-term project.

“Yes, money talks, but there are many clubs already established in the elite competition who will pay the biggest bucks for their services.”

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Carragher went on to add that a coveted young star like Declan Rice who has been linked with a move to Tyneside would reject it due to the magnitude of the project at hand.

He said: “Even a much-wanted English player such as Declan Rice would hesitate before being tempted to leave West Ham for Newcastle at the end of this season.

“Why? Because no matter how much they spend in January, Newcastle are 18 months away from being where West Ham are today, competing in Europe and establishing themselves in the top six.

“Rice will soon be looking up for the next step in his career and will have a choice of top four clubs. It will take a while for Newcastle to reach that level.

“Realistically, the initial Newcastle plan must be to target young, hungry players outside the top four who want to commit to pioneering the north east renaissance.”

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