Italian website Calcio Mercato are reporting today that Newcastle have had a bid of around €10m (£8.8M) rejected for 20-year-old right back Pol Lirola.
Lirola is from Juventus but is on loan at Sassuolo, and it seems this is a more long-term buy that Rafa Benitez wants.
Juventus signed the player in the summer of 2016 after he had been on loan from Espanyol.
He is in the second season of a two-year loan deal at Sassuolo.
It’s the second bid Newcastle are reported to have made for a permanent signing with a £16M bid for Galatasaray central midfielder Badou Ndiaye also being turned down.
Pol Lirola – Juventus right back – on loan at Sassuolo
So there’s £25M Newcastle seem willing to spend on permanent transfers this month – but time is of the essence.
It seems that there will be no deal with Lirola not staying at Sassuolo for the rest of this season.
Maybe Newcastle will make Lirola a target this summer?
But this activity in the transfer market – although belated – shows that Mike Ashley has realized Rafa must have reinforcements if Newcastle are to remain in the Premier League this season.
Relegation would mean the price of Newcastle would drop by up to £200M in the open market.
Lirola has one Spanish cap at U21 level.
Lirola was born in Barcelona, and in December 2016, he made his debut for the Catalonia national team, starting in a 3–3 draw against Tunisia.