Newcastle have been linked with a move for Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri and there is news coming from Italy via Tutto Mercato that his club have already started to look for a replacement.
Rafa has said he will try to bring in up to four players next month as the manager must strengthen the Newcastle side for the second half of the season.
It was only within the last week that Newcastle were first linked with Emerson, who is 23, born in Santos, Brazil, and this year has gained Italian citizenship.
He is of Italian descent on his mother’s side and only recently said he would prefer to play for Italy rather than Brazil – the country of his birth.
Emerson Palmieri – 23-year-old Roma left-back
The left-back was a regular last season at Roma but this season he has played only 3 games for Roma.
The Tutto Mercato report is that it seems Roma would be willing to let their left back leave and have already started looking for replacements they could bring in next month.
However, both Juventus and Liverpool have also been reported to be interested in the talented left-back.
Newcastle need to bring in a left-back next month, and one possibility is to bring Palmieri in on loan for the rest of the season with an option to buy in the summer.
However, if Newcastle can get Kenedy in on loan from Chelsea the move for Palmieri will have to wait for the summer – always assuming Rafa is still interested by then.
Newcastle can only bring in two English based players on loan next month but any number of foreign-based players.