There have been reports from Argentina that Rafa Benitez is interested in signing Independiente left-back Nicolas Tagliafico to Newcastle before tonight’s deadline.
Nicolas turns 25 today and his agent Ricardo Schlieper has already confirmed the interest from Newcastle but has said the said the deal is complex.
But Newcastle are expected to lodge a bid to try to complete this deal today – and it may be our best opportunity in the waning hours of the transfer window.
We had been hopeful of getting the classy youngster Kenedy in from Chelsea but news today that Antonio Conte could block that move and keep the Brazilian as part of his first team squad for the season.
25-year-old Independiente left-back Nicolas Tagliafico
That is a blow to Newcastle and to Rafa – who could have improved the player.
The initial news on Tagliafico came from journalist and Argentinian football writer Peter Coates, who claimed that Newcastle were in talks with Independiente on a €4M deal for the once capped Argentine International.
And we can certainly afford that fee, but the question is whether his club wants to sell and whether the players wants to join Newcastle.
Rafa is keen to bring in a specialized left back to push local lad Paul Dummett for the starting position at Newcastle and Paul is out injured with another hamstring injury.
We are just a little doubtful with so little time left that Newcastle can put off this deal.
But we hope we can – it would not be good if we cannot sign at least one new player today.