Newcastle were reported to have resumed talks with Valentino Lazaro’s agent, Max Hagmayr, yesterday.
However, if that’s the case, then Newcastle is not the only team the agent had a meeting with yesterday.
The Northern Echo are reporting that Hagmayr met with Red Bull Leipzig representatives on Monday.
They also provided the following tweet showing a picture of Lazaro’s agent along with Leipzig’s sporting director Markus Krosche.
Wende um #Lazaro: Ein von @DiMarzio veröffentlichtes Bild von gestern Abend zeigt den Sportdirektor von @DieRotenBullen, Markus #Krösche, und den Berater von Valentino #Lazaro, Max #Hagmayr bei einem Treffen in Mailand. #inundaut #LegiÖs pic.twitter.com/b2PuKbsuhP
— Michael Öhninger (@moehning) January 21, 2020
According to the report, Leipzig are very interested in bringing Lazaro in this month and are trying to hijack any reported deal Newcastle have for the Austrian.
They also reportedly tried to get the 23-year-old this past summer before he opted for Inter Milan.
Hagmayr has recently disputed that any agreement has been reached with Newcastle just yet. This is what the agent said yesterday:
“I was in Newcastle and we had talks, but there is no agreement yet. As for the future, we’ll see what happens over the next few days.
“There isn’t just Newcastle, he has other options.”
This is a troubling development in Newcastle’s pursuit of Lazaro. RB Leipzig are 4 points clear in the Bundesliga table and have reached the knockout stage of the Champions League.
However, at Leipzig, Lazaro could find himself in a similar position that he is in at Inter. Leipzig play in a 4-2-4 but have two right-sided players who Lazaro could find it very hard to get in front of.
Their right-back is Lukas Klostermann. The 23-year-old is also a full German international with 8 caps. Though he is being targeted by both Bayern Munich and Dortmund for possible moves this month.
Klostermann also has been playing center-back recently as Leipzig have lost two central defenders to severe injuries in Willi Orban and Ibrahima Konate. If he continues playing centrally, that could open the door for Lazaro to get into the team.
On the right-wing, there is Marcel Sabitzer, who is Lazaro’s Austrian international teammate. The 25-year-old has been unreal for Leipzig this season, scoring 12 goals and adding 8 assists in all competitions.
Hopefully, Newcastle can still convince Lazaro that his best option is in the Premier League as a Magpie.