Sky Sports Italia are reporting that Italian Luca Caldirola has turned down the opportunity to join Newcastle United on a free transfer and has opted instead to stay at his German club Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.
The 26 year-old center-back could have been a free agent at the end of the month and would have been a bargain buy for Newcastle, but instead he has decided to sign a new two year deal to stay in Germany.
This could even be a move by the Bundesliga club to protect their investment and Luca could still be sold in the next year or so, but this time for a fee and not for free.
26 year-old Italian defender Luca Caldirola of Werder Bremen
We were first linked with this player late last month and at the time he looked a decent buy for Newcastle.
If Rafa is to bring in up to eight first team players this summer he needs to pick up two or three players on really good deals since the funds available will largely be needed for some bigger stars this summer.
The 26 year old center-back has played for all the Italian youth sides through U21 but he has been out injured most of last season with ligament damage.
He finally returned earlier this year, but he has since come back into the first team with 5 appearances this year, but he then fractured a bone in his foot and was out injured again at the end of last season.
Cardirola started his career at Inter-Milan and was there when Rafa Benitez was the manager in 2010, so Rafa will have seen what a player he was like at that time, although that was over six years ago and he was loaned out for the 2010-2011 season.
Luca can also play at left back, so he is a left-footed center-back which is quite rare these days. although that’s what our current center-back Ciaran Clark is.
He left Internationale for Cesena back in 2012 before joining Werder Bremen the next year and he was sent out on loan in the 2015-2016 season where he played 34 times for German Bundesliga club SV Darmstadt.
He has played 46 times for Werder Bremen with one goal and he could have been a great value as a free agent for Newcastle.
But that will not happen so we can cross this player off the list.