Why beating AC Milan is about more than staying in the Champions League for Newcastle

AC Milan win could give Newcastle a transfer boost

It has come down to a one game shootout for Newcastle United in the Champions League.

Pretty much every outcome is possible as Newcastle prepare to take on AC Milan. The only thing Eddie Howe‘s side can’t do is finish top of the group.

If they beat AC Milan, they will advance to the next round of the Champions League – as long as Paris Saint-Germain fail to beat Borussia Dortmund.

If Newcastle draw with AC Milan, they will drop into the Europa League next year. And if they lose, they are out of Europe completely.

There is so much to play for on Wednesday night, which is why it should be another special atmosphere inside St James’ Park.

When Newcastle were drawn in the group of death, not many genuinely thought they would qualify. We still might not, but to have given ourselves a chance going into the final game is a huge achievement.

The game against AC Milan is absolutely mammoth, for more reasons than one.

AC Milan win could give Newcastle a transfer boost

According to iNews, Newcastle’s Champions League fate will have a big impact on how they operate in the January transfer window. They add that remaining in Europe will make the club more appealing to potential new arrivals.

It will also likely have an impact on Newcastle’s transfer budget, as they can expect to receive an influx of UEFA cash if they advance to the next round of the Champions League.

The Magpies do plan to be active in the January transfer window, with Howe keen to give his squad a boost amid the ongoing injury crisis. But just how big a boost could depend on what happens on Wednesday night.

For the fans, staying in the Champions League would be an absolute dream. It has been incredible to be involved in such a prestigious competition, testing ourselves against some of the best teams in Europe.

The owners will want this journey to continue too, and they will be well aware that the AC Milan game could have a big impact on the club’s short and long-term future.

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