It may be difficult for Newcastle to offload Moroccan International Achraf Lazaar on loan before August 31st.
Achraf Lazaar was sent to Genoa in Italy presumably to sign on loan for the club but it didn’t go well and he had to return home after the two clubs had failed to reach an agreement.
The problem seems to have been Newcastle wanted an obligation to buy in the loan contract and the clubs couldn’t agree on the transfer fee.
Achraf has always had a good attitude and he says if he’s still at Newcastle in September he will work hard to try to get into the team.
But we doubt he will be part of the first team squad under Rafa although he can cover for Paul Dummett of course.
Achraf Lazaar – at Newcastle in training
Lazaar has been speaking to Calciomercato.com about his trip to Italy:
“On Friday morning, Newcastle had authorized me to fly to Italy.” “I just had to sign the contract.”
“Several voices were coming but, in the evening, the two clubs told me correctly that the deal had faded.”
“And now? I hope to regain my space.” “I will work hard to get back to the top and be the protagonist, if not I will look around.”
“Obviously Italy and Serie A always remain in my heart.” “Try again with Genoa in January?”
“Why not? I know Davide Ballardini well (Genoa head coach), he trained me at Palermo.”
“I wish him a great season and maybe in January he was already safe.”
“Things did not go as expected. We did not see the real Lazaar.”
“At Newcastle, I played very little and last year at Benevento we were relegated.”
We still think Newcastle will be able to find a club – probably in Italy – to loan out Lazaar, but maybe not with an obligation to buy but only with an option to buy.
What do you think?