There is some disconcerting news in Italy that Lazio is looking to bring Newcastle Captain Jamaal Lascelles to Rome this summer.
The report claims that Lazio are looking to strengthen their back line with the addition of Lascelles. Lazio have been continually linked with Brazilian Bruno Viana of Braga and Hoffenheim’s German defender Kevin Vogt recently but now have identified Jamaal as a target.
However, the Italians are very mistaken if they think our skipper can be prised for the quoted €16M in the piece. Newcastle, in a seller’s market, would demand at least three times as much.
There is also a reference to using Jordan Lukaku to tempt Newcastle into parting with the player who has been the heart of the team for the past three seasons. However, the report fails to mention that Lukaku failed a medical this January before a potential loan move and Antonio Barreca was instead brought in from Monaco.
Manager and Captain– imagine the scenes if both are gone this summer
With current starters Francesco Acerbi and Stefan Radu both well past the age of thirty, it does appear that Lazio is desperate to bring in at least one centre-back this summer.
We hope there is nothing to this report as Jamaal Lascelles has been a monumental influence to this squad. He and Rafa Benitez get on so well and represent the club with dignity and class.
Jamaal has been at Newcastle since the infamous summer of 2015. He had spent a year on loan at Nottingham Forest after being transferred along with Karl Darlow from Forest the summer prior.
He has made 137 appearances for Newcastle and has been our captain since being appointed as a 22-year old in 2016.
We just can’t imagine the scenario of both Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles leaving this summer.
Actually, we can. But we just don’t want to do that to ourselves at the moment.