Newcastle United have been watching Stefano Sensi ahead of a potential January move.
The midfielder made his debut for the senior Italian national team earlier this week, playing the full 90 minutes as they beat the USA 1-0.
The diminutive (5ft 6) 23 year old plays for Italian minnows Sassuolo (average crowds around 10,000 mark) who have made a better than expected start to the season, currently sixth in Serie A.
Roberto Mancini (National Team Manager) was impressed with Seni’s debut (though it was an experimental team to an extent with Mancini making seven changes for the friendly, including Sensi) and commented after the game ‘He is a technical player but also fast, I liked Sensi for a while and he will become a strong personality.’
Pace is something that is seriously lacking in the middle of the pitch for Newcastle United, with none of the central midfielders or Ayoze Perez possessing any.
The Chronicle say that their information is that Newcastle are interested in the midfielder and that there is ‘a possible loan with an option to buy clause available according to sources.’
Obviously being able to bring in a better quality player who would improve the first team in January with no immediate major outlay of cash, would/could be a move that would suit both Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley.
Other Italian clubs are also claimed to be interested and Sassuolo’s manager also said to be keen to not lose the player mid-season.
However, for a club with such limited resources, a decent offer for a player who isn’t a regular first team starter, would surely be difficult to turn down, even if it was a case of a loan payment in January and the rest of the cash being paid next summer.
Stefano Sensi is claimed to be valued at over £20m by the Serie A club but he has spent more time on the bench this season than playing, starting only five league matches, so the reality would surely be a lower figure than that £20m+ claimed valuation.
Joining Sassuolo from Cesena back in summer 2016, since then Sensi has started 29 Serie A matches but named on the bench 38 times, including seven times on the subs bench this season.
Not a great scorer or creator of goals, in these last two and a half years the midfielder has scored three and got one assist, the assist was this season but no goals so far.
Like all transfer stories you will believe it when it happens but with not being a regular starter, there would at least appear to be a good chance that e could be signed (by somebody) in January.