Newcastle’s decision on the three loanees brought in this past January is still up the air. While Danny Rose joined on a straight loan from Spurs, both Nabil Bentaleb and Valentino Lazaro had purchase clauses attached to their loans, from Schalke and Inter respectively.
According to the Chronicle, Newcastle’s £8.6m option on Nabil Bentaleb expired on Monday. We would assume that will be the case on for Lazaro’s reported £20m option as well.
The circumstances with the coronavirus made both purchase options very unlikely to be triggered. They were negotiated pre-pandemic and the times have been drastically altered by the virus.
However, that doesn’t completely close the door on any of the loan trio returning next season. It’s been widely reported that Bruce is keen to work out a deal with Tottenham for Danny Rose.
The Chronicle state that Newcastle plan to meet with Tottenham’s Daniel Levy to find out if a permanent deal can be hashed out for the 30-year-old left-back. With his contract up next summer, we don’t expect Levy’s demands to be too outrageous.
As for Bentaleb and Lazaro, permanent deals could be harder to come by. Though we don’t see a future for Bentaleb at Schalke as he was frozen out of the first-team all of last season before arriving on Tyneside.
The same could be said for Lazaro at Inter. The winger is not expected to be in Antonio Conte’s plans for next season. With the coronavirus making it unlikely they’ll receive the full amount they divvied out last summer, despite reported interest in Germany, Lazaro could be on the move again during this window.
Steve Bruce spoke after the Liverpool match about the prospective futures of Rose, Bentaleb, and Lazaro. He mentions that talks are planned with their clubs and also suggests another season on loan could be an option.
“We have to have conversations with their respective clubs and look to see whether we’re going to make any of them permanent.
“Or the alternative is, ‘Can we have them for another season on loan?’
“Let’s see how the situation develops.”