According to another report from Italy, Newcastle’s loan move for Inter Milan’s Valentino Lazaro is moving closer to completion.
Siempre Inter has a report citing the print edition of Gazzetta dello Sport that Lazaro is close to signing for Newcastle.
The details of the deal are the same as reported yesterday. Lazaro will join initially on loan worth €2m. Newcastle will then have an option to make the deal permanent for €20m.
Lazaro’s agent, Max Hagmayr, was in Newcastle yesterday, reportedly working on the deal for his client. This is a tweet from the Chronicle’s Andrew Musgrove showing a picture of Hagmayr at St James Park.
This is Lazaro’s agent, so I believe, speaking with Steve Nickson before the game. Steve Bruce didn’t say anything about the transfer after the game but looks positive. #NUFC pic.twitter.com/IZmeXuRTOu
— Andrew Musgrove (@ADMusgrove) January 18, 2020
The 23-year-old has made every matchday squad for Inter this season. So it will be very telling if Lazaro is not involved in the match between Inter and Lecce this afternoon.
The teams should be announced at 1PM Newcastle time. We’ll get a good indication of how close this deal really is when Antonio Conte announces his squad for the Lecce match.
After the win against Chelsea yesterday, Steve Bruce was again asked about Lazaro, but he was non-committal in his response.
#nufc have 'one or two things spinning at the minute'. On Valentino Lazaro: "I haven't spoken with my CEO today," Steve Bruce said. "I can't really comment. I don't want to comment on anyone else's players but we'll see."
— Ciaran Kelly (@CiaranKelly__) January 18, 2020
Hopefully, we’ll see an Inter squad announced with no Lazaro in it this afternoon. That would be a very good sign that Lazaro is getting close to becoming a Magpie.
Who Was Newcastle's Man Of The Match In Win Against Chelsea?
- Ciaran Clark (36%, 1,158 )
- Miguel Almiron (12%, 383 )
- Martin Dubravka (11%, 360 )
- Joelinton (10%, 310 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (9%, 303 )
- Federico Fernandez (8%, 270 )
- Isaac Hayden (7%, 219 )
- A. Saint-Maximin (4%, 123 )
- Matt Ritchie (2%, 60 )
- Emil Krafth (1%, 22 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (0%, 16 )
- Matty Longstaff (0%, 9 )
- Jetro Willems (0%, 5 )
- Sean Longstaff (0%, 2 )
Total Voters: 3,240