There was a report late Thursday that Newcastle were leading the race to sign Inter Milan’s Valentino Lazaro. The twenty-three-year old was reportedly available due to Inter being close to signing two players in Manchester United’s Ashley Young and Roma’s Leonardo Spinazzola.
Ashley Young has completed his move and is now part of Antonio Conte’s squad at Inter.
— Ashley Young (@youngy18) January 17, 2020
However, the deal for Leonardo Spinazzola has just collapsed, according to Sky Sports Italia. This may now give Conte pause to let Lazaro leave on loan this month.
#Inter wing-back Valentino Lazaro is of interest to Newcastle United, West Ham and RB Leipzig, but might not leave after the Leonardo Spinazzola move collapsed https://t.co/U8N9N7EVBk #FCIM #NUFC #WHUFC #WestHam #DieRotenBullen #SerieA pic.twitter.com/PtR4N4WROB
— footballitalia (@footballitalia) January 17, 2020
The Spinazzola deal to Inter was basically a player swap with Matteo Politano going in the opposite direction. They both would be loans until the end of the season with a €25m obligation to purchase in the summer.
However, Inter have haggled a bit on the original agreement, and despite both players passing medicals, they have now returned to their respective clubs.
The report in Sports Italia now claims that Conte may hold onto Lazaro unless they can bring in another player. However, there is a glaring problem with this scenario.
Leonardo Spinazzola is a left-back while Valentino Lazaro is a right wing-back/winger. Matteo Politano is also a right-winger, so it hardly makes sense that this swap deal collapsing would have any effect on Lazaro’s availability.
Lazaro is still behind Antonio Candreva, who is Inter Milan’s primary starter on the right side of midfield. So hopefully, Lazaro is still available to bring in on loan this month.
The report does go on to say that Newcastle have made the best offer for the 23-year-old. However, they also claim that Red Bull Leipzig have come into the picture.
Leipzig have been trying to get Monaco’s German right-back Benjamin Henrichs in this month but have not made much progress on that front and may have now turned their attention to Lazaro.
Newcastle are also reportedly preparing a bid for Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen soon. We’re not sure if Bruce would pursue both Bowen and Lazaro, with them being right-sided players and neither being a striker.
However, it would make sense in that both are very different type players that would add a lot of quality to this squad.