Newcastle United has held transfer talks with co-owners Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi with an eye on their squad for next season’s Champions League campaign. The club has set its sights on signing targets such as Declan Rice, James Maddison, and Moussa Diaby, but these are expected to cost premier league wages of approximately £250k per week, which the club may struggle to invest. Bruno Guimaraes is the club’s highest earner currently, earning approximately £120,000 per week. Newcastle manager, Eddie Howe, understands that wages can be a significant obstacle for smaller teams compared to larger teams such as Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Liverpool. However, Newcastle United secured fourth place in the season-ending with a 1-1 draw against Chelsea, thus earning them a place in next seasons Champions League. Howe has expressed that the most important people at the football club are the current players and will aim to get the best out of them before looking elsewhere. The club also must adhere to the Financial fair play, and without Champions League qualification, it would’ve been challenging to invest in new players. Newcastle recorded a draw at Stamford Bridge, with Anthony Gordon’s goal being canceled out by Kieran Tripper’s own goal. Howe claimed that the game was tough and praised his side for their performance but admitted there were missed chances.