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It was confirmed earlier this month that Mike Ashley's controversial 14-year reign was over. After years of speculation surrounding a move, The Saudi Arabia Investment Fund's (PIF) finally completed their long-awaited £305 million takeover of The Magpies.
Steve Bruce has since been relieved of his managerial duties and ahead of the January transfer window, a hoard of players have been linked with big-money moves to St James Park, including 'top target' Luis Diaz, who has a release clause of £67.5 million.
Despite reports emerging that Newcastle's transfer budget in real life will be considerably lower than expected, the club have been given a monstrous £200 million kitty at the start of FM22's beta, as well as a wage budget of just over £2 million.
In addition to their transfer and wage budgets, developers have handed United an overall balance of £258 million.
In fact, soon after starting a save with the Premier League club, managers are told they will have a minimum guaranteed transfer budget of £100 million going into the 2022/23 campaign.
As you can imagine, plenty of people on social media are gearing up for a summer spending spree.
I like seeing @NUFC in @FootballManager finally have some budget. pic.twitter.com/UBG4Zmxuf8
- David Hollingsworth (@DavidrHolly) October 21, 2021
Everyone waking up this morning, installing #FM22 Beta and starting a Newcastle United save. @FootballManager pic.twitter.com/qYmYG2U0tV
- Jamie Richardson (@JamieRich93) October 22, 2021
_FCFM Beta Fun. Won't be streaming this save just using it for practice before the official release! Some good signings there! @NUFC @FootballManager #fcfm #fm22 #FM22beta pic.twitter.com/AqBMtXl26A
- Sean Jeeves (@jeeves_sean) October 22, 2021
For those wondering about what Newcastle are like in Football Manager 2022 :joy: #nufc #FM22 pic.twitter.com/nDCtvgsneT
- BRACE - Newcastle United Discussion (@NUFCBrace) October 22, 2021
In terms of real life transfers in the North East, British businesswoman Amanda Staveley, who led the Saudi consortium during takeover talks, has already talked about the possibility of strengthening the current squad, who have struggled on the pitch of late.
"We've got a great squad," the 48-year-old told Sky Sports. "I had a great chat with Jamaal [Lascelles] tonight as captain. We're really excited about strengthening the squad, but we have to work within Financial Fair Play and make sure this is done over a longer term.
"But you can know and be reassured that we want to invest at every level. We want to get the best squad we possibly can. Everybody talks about it [big signings] but what you need is a team that works well together. That's also just as important."
Newcastle's new chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan and owner Amanda Staveley receive a massive reception from the fans :white_circle: :black_circle: pic.twitter.com/6WKFUumi1j
- Football Daily (@footballdaily) October 17, 2021
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