On Friday, news emerged from Italy that Sassuolo left-back Rogerio had resurfaced as a Newcastle target this summer. Back in January 2019, there were multiple reports that Newcastle were negotiating to bring the Brazilian to Tyneside.
Nothing ever came from those reports and Rogerio eventually made his move to Sassuolo permanent last summer for a fee of £5m after spending two seasons on loan. He had been at the Juventus Academy since 2016 but never made a first-team appearance for the Turin giants.
After suffering a knee injury that sidelined him until December, Rogerio slowly returned to have a decent second of this season which has reportedly brought him back into Newcastle’s sights.
Sky Sports Italy is now backing these recent claims, originally made by Calcio Mercato. Maybe there’s something to these links to the 22-year-old.
He could be seen as a younger cheaper option with the Saudi takeover collapsing last week. While Steve Bruce is keen on bringing Danny Rose back this summer, his wages could prove an obstacle in the post-coronavirus economy.
There’s also Jetro Willems who is recovering from the knee injury he suffered in January. Willems could also be available for another loan spell with an option to buy.
He still has Newcastle on his mind as he recently tweeted the following about earning a place on a Premier League Newcomer of the Season team.
Hhmm not bad? for only 19 games? pic.twitter.com/eaALG27rUD
— Jetro willems (@JetroWillems_15) July 31, 2020
We’d be thrilled if Newcastle brought Jetro back for next season. It would also be good for the fans since the Dutchman was such a popular player in the first half of the season.
He is quite very versatile as he can play up the pitch and provide cover in the midfield as well. Hopefully, Willems is still an option for Steve Bruce.
We’ll also need to bring in another left-back in addition to Jetro with just Paul Dummett on the books. Long-term target Rogerio could be the one who fits the bill.