Newcastle's owners - whoever they may be - will have a decision to make on defender Fabian Schar this summer with clubs showing interest in the Switzerland international.
Schar has started 16 times this season and would ideally like more first team football - either at Newcastle or elsewhere. He appeared in an unfamiliar midfield role on Wednesday at Manchester City, a week after a below-par display in the FA Cup against the same opponents.
The defender is 28 and has another year left on the three-year deal signed when Rafa Benitez recruited him for a bargain £3.5million in 2018. But despite some initial talks with agent, he is yet to sign a new deal and there is now some doubt about whether he will stay.
United are scouting centre-backs and there is interest from Serie A in Schar, who has been a popular addition at St James' Park and has scored some memorable goals.
Isaac Hayden, Dwight Gayle, Karl Darlow, Christian Atsu and Ciaran Clark are also out of contract in 2021 and all could move on. Newcastle are very keen to retain Hayden but nothing has been agreed.
Reports in the US have confirmed that DeAndre Yedlin is likely to leave Newcastle in the summer - with a meeting on Monday to discuss his future.
With 12 months left on his contract and the player looking for more game time, an exit seems inevitable. United have been scouting right-sided wing-backs. (MD)
Newcastle United's would-be owners have been left frustrated at the delay which is eating into the time they have to prepare and put plans in place for next season.
With the Premier League's owners and directors tests still ongoing, it means further delays in the process. Even after approval is granted, it could be a few days before a money transfer is completed and the change in ownership is made official - raising the possibility of the whole saga moving towards the end of July or even August.
And that is clearly impacting future plans.
It has always been a long-term project but the consortium had hoped for time and breathing space to make decisions on the future of the head coach, recruitment calls and other things that will be required to address Newcastle's immediate priorities.
The would-be owners have always been steadfast in their insistence that no contact has been made with possible candidates to replace Steve Bruce and that they would want to speak to him as soon as the process moves to the stage where they get the green light to do that.
Indeed with next season due to begin on September 12 pending Premier League approval, much of the groundwork for next year and is being laid by the existing hierarchy and some crucial decisions need resolving.
United have still not announced a main sponsor for next year, with FUN88's deal expiring in the coming weeks. A decision appears to have been mothballed with suggestions the new owners may want to use that space for branding with a Saudi Arabia connection. (MD)
Newcastle United fans may not get to see Isaac Hayden nor Sean Longstaff again this season with the pair suffering serious muscle tears.
Longstaff came off against Bournemouth while Hayden broke down in the 2-2 draw against West Ham.
Steve Bruce confirmed that both midfielders were 'touch and go' on whether they would return before the campaign is up however it is hoped that Andy Carroll will return before the season is out.
The injuries to Longstaff and Hayden present an ideal opportunity for Nabil Bentaleb to impress Bruce - who had called him 'excellent' prior to the Man City game - although time is running out for the midfielder.
With his future at Schalke all but over, the former Spurs man is keen to secure a move to the Premier League but the jury remains out on the 25-year-old. (AM)
It's understood that Newcastle's new home shirt could be launched on the final day of the Premier League season.
United's new kit is another Puma design - and the German brand have already launched Borussia Dortmund's new strip and will unveil their Manchester City design next week.
United are one of the other marquee clubs on their roster who get bespoke designs and decisions on the strip have been made by the existing hierarchy.
Whether the kit does get unveiled in time for the Liverpool game or not may depend on the takeover being confirmed - unlocking other decisions about commercial contracts. First versions of the kit were sent to wholesalers without a sponsor on. (MD)