Newcastle United have made a move for winger Lucas Ocampos according to press reports today.
Italian website TMW report that Serie A clubs AS Roma and Fiorentina have been watching the winger for some time but it is Newcastle now who have moved ahead of the Italian clubs.
TMW point to the financial advantage English clubs have due mainly to the lucrative Worldwide TV deals, far in excess of what Italian clubs receive.
However, for that to come into effect, you have to have a club owner willing to invest that extra cash in the squad.
Lucas Ocampos turns 21 in eleven days time and played together with Emmanuel Riviere before the French striker left Monaco.
Monaco loaned out the Argentine winger to Marseille for the second half of last season and altogether Ocampos made 31 Ligue 1 appearances in the last 12 months, though only 10 were in the starting eleven for Monaco and Marseille.
The player was a hot prospect when he arrived at Monaco for £6m as an 18 year old from River Plate and has racked up a lot of games (111) in France, not bad for a player yet to turn 21, although the majority are as a substitute.
Standing 6ft 2, Lucas Ocampos has scored 17 goals since arriving in Europe and played Champions League football for Monaco last season.
Due to their problems with FFP (Financial Fair Play) and this coming season’s Champions League chances depending on getting through the play-off round, Monaco need to offload some players.
Whether Newcastle are serious contenders or not is quite another thing.