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Joelinton invites his idol Neymar to join Newcastle

Neymar may no longer be the main man at Paris Saint-Germain, but passes would “come easy” from Joelinton at Newcastle United.

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Joelinton has urged Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe to get on the phone to Neymar and sign the Paris Saint-Germain superstar. With Kylian Mbappé now the main man at PSG, having renewed his contract in France, Neymar has been linked with a move away from the club. And Newcastle, with the world’s richest football club owners in Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, are in theory one of very few potential suitors who could afford the sport’s most expensive player.

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The Magpies already have two Brazilians, too, in Joelinton and Bruno Guimarães. After Thiago Silva told Globo that Neymar “has to go to Chelsea”, Joelinton, speaking to Brazilian podcast Cast FC, said: “We can get him a spot. Sure, in any team in the world. If he comes, it will be... I can’t explain it. The man is an idol. He’s huge in world football. So, the invitation is done: Ney, if you are listening to this, you can come. I’ll run to you all the time. [The ball] will come easy.”

Newcastle already have a tricky winger in Allan Saint-Maximin, but Joelinton did not hesitate in offering away his team-mate’s number 10 shirt. “His quality, the visibility... if we have the chance, I hope,” the forward-turned-midfielder said. “Coach, call him. The number 10 shirt is there waiting for him. I’ll send a message to Bruno. Bruno has his contact; he can send a message inviting Ney to play there.”

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