During his press conference this morning, Steve Bruce was again asked about Valentino Lazaro, and this time the head coach provided a few details on Newcastle’s pursuit of the 23-year-old.
The Chronicle’s Ciaran Kelly has tweeted the following comment from Bruce on the progress of Lazaro’s move to Newcastle.
Steve Bruce on Valentino Lazaro: "It's fairly common knowledge now that his agent was at St James' Park at the weekend. We hope we can develop it. Unfortunately, when it gets out like it does, it adds to the competition. See what the next 24-48 hours bring." #nufc
— Ciaran Kelly (@CiaranKelly__) January 20, 2020
There’s reason for optimism but also concern in Bruce’s update. We could see significant progress in the next day or two on the move for Lazaro. So at least this one may not drag on for too long.
However, it now looks like Newcastle will face some stiff competition for his signature.
That competition could be from Red Bull Leipzig, who were credited with an interest in the Austrian a few days ago. Lazaro played for fellow Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin before joining Inter this past summer.
There is a report in Siempre Inter that Newcastle now face competition from RB Leipzig who have reportedly contacted Inter about Lazaro.
The information provided originated with the German outlet Bild and could be a cause for concern.
RB Leipzig can offer Lazaro Champions League football and are in search of another right-back. They had their sights set on former Leverkusen right-back Benjamin Henrichs, but Monaco are reluctant to let him leave.
Hopefully, Newcastle still have the best offer on the table for Lazaro and can complete a deal this week. His agent must have been impressed with St James Park on Saturday, provided he stayed until the final whistle.
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