Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is trying to bring in a right-back this summer to further increase the competition for places in the team.
One target we are reported to be interested in is 30-year-old Torino defender Lorenzo de Silvestri, who has 6 caps for Italy.
Newcastle scouts have watched the 6ft 1ins full-back several times this season, and Leicester City are also interested in the player.
30-year-old Torino defender Lorenzo de Silvestri
De Silvestri has been interviewed by GOAL and asked about the Premier League interest:
“I had a great season at Torino and I am glad to see that people have noticed.”
“I’m very happy at my club but it’s always a pleasure to know that there could be interest from the Premier League.”
That’s almost a standard response from de Silvestri – I am happy at my current club, but I’m flattered by the interest.
Last season he played 39 times for Torino with 7 goals and 4 assists in all competitions, and he had an excellent season.
Since he joined Torino from Sampdoria two years ago for €3.6M plus bonuses, he’s played 57 times with 8 goals and 8 assists.
Jesus Gamez and Massadio Haidara have contracts that run out at the end of this month, and they will not be retained, and that’s another reason Rafa is looking at full-backs this summer.
We wonder if Rafa’s getting pushback from owner Mike Ashley because de Silvestri has just turned 30?