News from Italy on Saturday that Newcastle United have reportedly registered their interest in signing Diego Laxalt.
The 24 year old left winger/attacking midfielder currently plays for for Genoa in Serie A.
However, Italian Sky Sports reporter Gianluca di Marzio says his information is that now Newcastle have made known their intention to rival Atalanta for the Uruguayan midfielder/winger.
Diego Laxalt helped Genoa avoid relegation last season as they finished two places and four points above the drop.
However, Atalanta can offer Europa League football after a surprise fourth place finish last season in Italy.
Laxalt was brought to Europe from Uruguay by Inter Milan in 2013 for £2m but never played a game for them, going out on loan to Bologna and Empoli before a loan to buy deal with Genoa that eventually brought a permanent transfer.
The last two seasons saw the Uruguayan become first choice for Genoa and make 75 starts – producing three goals and four assists in Serie A in 2015/16, then one goal and four assists last season in the Italian top tier.
Fiorentina have been rumoured to be also interested and Liverpool also mentioned, although at the level they will be shopping at you would doubt whether they’d be envisaging the three times capped Uruguayan winger as good enough to challenge their first choice players.
With Rafa Benitez struggling to bring in essential signings as Mike Ashley refuses to bend, interesting to see just who the Newcastle manager can manage to bring in this month.
No mention of a price tag on Diego Laxalt but in normal circumstances he would surely be within Newcastle’s grasp if there is genuine interest.