Newcastle United are in talks to sign Romulo, according to reports on Friday morning.
The Brazilian born player moved to Italy and Fiorentina in 2011 and due to his family background is now an Italian citizen, indeed he was picked for the 30 man provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup but missed out on the final 23 man selection.
That near miss on World Cup finals selection followed arguably his best season in Italian football, after moving from Fiorentina to fellow Serie A club Hellas Verona in summer 2013.
A box to box midfielder who can also play at right-back, Romulo scored six Serie A goals in that 2013/14 season and helped relative minnows Hellas Verona to 10th place in the league.
Such was his form, this led to a real breakthrough moment as Romulo was signed by champions Juventus on a year’s loan, with a clause saying that if he played 60% of their league matches in 2014/15 it would trigger a permanent £5m move.
However, some serious injuries intervened and the midfielder ended up playing in only four league games for Juventus and returned to Hellas Verona for the start of the 2015/16 season.
More injury problems kept Romulo out for much of that season and even when fit he was left on the bench, making only nine sub appearances as Hellas Verona were relegated after finishing rock bottom of Serie A.
Last season saw a return to form/fitness for both the player and his club, as Hellas Verona were promoted back to Serie A, with Romulo starting 39 league matches and scoring four goals.
Friday morning has Gazetta Dello Sport reporting that Newcastle are in talks with Hellas Verona for the player’s transfer, with Rafa Benitez said to have been impressed with what he saw of Romulo when managing Napoli.
As most of you will have connected, Hellas Verona are of course managed by Rafa’s former assistant Fabio Pecchia, so if there is any substance to the transfer story you would assume that there would have been an easy route into talks about a possible move.
The player is now 30 but back to full fitness, there is a logic as to how Rafa Benitez could see the Brazilian/Italian versatile midfielder as a value for money signing who could potentially deliver.
Only three years ago he just missed out on going to the World Cup and champions Juventus obviously rated him highly, so maybe this is one to keep an eye on.
Only 10 days until pre-season training kicks off and Newcastle fans wondering who will be the second signing after Christian Atsu’s loan spell became a permanent move.