Newcastle target now a free agent, contract terminated


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Barcelona have terminated the contract of Ramon Planes, according to a statement on the club’s official website, which opens the door for the esteemed director to join Newcastle United in the Premier League. 

Forget £30 million marquee signings. Forget Eddie Howe, even.

The biggest decision Newcastle’s new owners will make during their first few months at St James’ Park surrounds the appointment of a technical director.

Someone capable of providing a link between the boardroom and the pitch, someone to oversee an overhaul that, if all went to plan, would transform Newcastle from relegation-battlers into European contenders. 

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Newcastle have failed to lure Marc Overmars from Ajax and also appear to have missed out on the departing Michael Edwards, the brains behind Liverpool’s rapid rise from also-rans to ‘Champions of Everything’. 

Planes, however, is available after terminating the final year-and-a-half of his Barcelona contract. What’s more, the 54-year-old has already been in contact with Newcastle United, as reported by Marca.

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“FC Barcelona and Ramon Planes have reached an agreement to terminate the contract that bound both parties until 30 June 2022 at the request of the man who had until now been the club’s technical secretary,” the statement on the La Liga club’s website reads. 

“The club wishes to publicly express its gratitude to Ramon Planes for his commitment, professionalism and contributions throughout this last two years, and wishes him the best of luck and every success in the future.” 

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While few have come out of a dismal spell at Camp Nou with credit, Planes leaves Catalonia with his reputation enhanced.

He’s credited with the inspired additions of Pedri and Ronald Araujo – two potentially era-defining talents who set the club back an initial £6 million combined – and it’s that transfer market expertise which could come in handy at St James’ Park. 

Especially as Newcastle are believed to be favouring a model similar to that of RB Leipzig, revolving around exciting, up-and-coming talent with vast potential. 

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