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Simone Inzaghi and Italian media continue to question why Newcastle United pulled out of Jordan Lukaku deal

7 months ago
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The Jordan Lukaku story rumbles on.

Newcastle United looked to have finally brought in a January signing, only to then reveal on Friday night that the 24 year old would not be coming on loan.

The club didn’t make a public statement via their own website and social media, instead putting these quotes out to the media:

“Newcastle United can confirm that Jordan Lukaku will not be joining the club.

“The Belgian defender was on Tyneside on Friday after being given permission to travel by his current club, SS Lazio.

“It has now been decided that a loan deal will not be pursued and the player will return to Rome.

“We wish Jordan all the best for the future.”

Obviously all a bit strange not to reveal exactly why the deal wasn’t going ahead, although various newspapers then hinted that they had been told from the Newcastle side of things that it was down to an issue that supposedly came up in the player’s medical.

However, the media in Italy have taken a very different view, including Sky Italia, insisting that it was because Newcastle weren’t willing to pay a big enough proportion of Lukaku’s wages.

You pay your money and make your choice on who you believe…

Now Simone Inzaghi has commented on the issue.

Inzaghi taking  his press conference ahead of a game against leaders Juventus on Sunday night and he was happy to discuss the Jordan Lukaku situation.

Jordan Lukaku started the last two Lazio matches, a Coppa Italia 4-1 win over Novara and last Sunday a 2-1 Serie A defeat at Napoli.

Simone Inzaghi insisting that it was only because he couldn’t guarantee Jordan Lukaku a regular start as to why a loan move had been agreed to and indicating he could even start tonight against Juventus:

“We agreed that Jordan should go on loan (to Newcastle United).

“I have a frank rapport with my players and Jordan Lukaku proved that he was in good shape, otherwise he wouldn’t have played against Napoli (last Sunday).

“At the beginning of the week though he expressed the desire to play every Sunday, so we decided to loan him out.

“He had problems with the English club (Newcastle) and on Sunday he will return to being a Lazio player (for the game against Juventus) and there will be no problems.”

It all seems very strange and even if the medical had brought up something that indicated Lukaku was more at risk of injury once again, than previously thought, surely any risk for Newcastle was minimal when he was only going to be here three and a half months anyway.

A year ago, Newcastle signed Islam Slimani on loan despite the striker being injured at the time and not having played any football for a month, he ended up not playing for Newcastle until as a sub against Huddersfield on 31 March 2018, then only made one start against Everton on 23 April.

It looks like one where we will never get a definitive truth about exactly what happened but with only four days to go until the transfer deadline and not even a single loan player brought in, you won’t get many/any Newcastle fans believing that Mike Ashley is allowing the club to make the required effort to bring in the players Rafa Benitez desperately wants and needs for this relegation struggle.

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