News from Italy that Achraf Lazaar was due to sign for Fiorentina, until the intervention of Rafa Benitez.

Lazaar’s agent Andrea Cattoli has revealed that a deal had been agreed with the Serie A club, Fiorentina having finished fifth last season and able to offer Europa League football.

However, after Newcastle declared their interest, Cattoli flew to Newcastle for preliminary talks.

Following that visit to Tyneside by his agent, Achraf Lazaar then spoke to Rafa Benitez and after that conversation became convinced that Newcastle  the right move for him.

Andrea Cattoli talking to Italian media:

“Fiorentina had reached an agreement with Palermo for Achraf Lazaar (to see some excellent goals and skills video footage of the player go HERE).

“I then flew to England because there was the interest from Newcastle United.

“Lazaar spoke to Rafa Benitez and then the boy chose to fly to England instead (of joining Fiorentina).”