Sport Witness are reporting a story today from Italy in Gazzetta Dello Sport – that Inter-Milan will be willing to sell Valentino Lazaro this summer, who is currently on loan at Newcastle.
Valentino only joined Inter last July 1st from German club Herta Berlin but found it difficult to get playing time in Italy under manager Antonio Conte, which is why he moved to Newcastle on loan in January.
The news was that Newcastle have an option clause to buy the player after the loan spell completes for £20M, and that’s the figure in the Gazzetta Dello Sports article.
Inter will sell some players to fund their own transfer business this summer, and Valentino is certain to be one of them.
Of the four players ha have had on loan this season – Jetro Willems and Valentino were probably the best two.
But only Willems played enough games for Newcastle to give him a permanent deal – he made 20 appearances with 19 starts.
But he will be out injured until later this year.
Danny Rose and Nabil Bentaleb were not fully match-fit when they arrived and were playing their way into some form when the Premier League was suspended by the coronavirus pandemic.
It will be interesting to see if Steve Bruce takes up the £20M option on Lazaro (shown above) – since that would be a risk given he’s only made 5 appearances for us with 3 starts this season.
But some things could happen before that decision needs to be made by Newcastle.
We could still complete the Premier League season, which gives Lazaro another possible 9 league games and at least one FA Cup game to impress.
And Newcastle United could be bought by the Amanda Staveley led consortium, which includes significant funds from the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund.
So things are all very uncertain at the moment at Newcastle and for football in general.