Double reports from Italy on Saturday back up Valentino Lazaro on way to Newcastle United exclusive
On Friday, an ‘exclusive’ from Italy claimed that Valentino Lazaro would shortly be joining Newcastle United.
Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla said that a deal to take the 23 year old from Inter Milan was ‘well progressed’ and he would shortly be saying farewell to Serie A.
As always with any transfer story, whether it is an ‘exclusive’ or not, you treat it with healthy scepticism until you see something of substance.
However, when asked specifically about Valentino Lazaro at his pre-Chelsea press conference on Friday, Steve Bruce’s reaction was a little coy and suggested there might be something in this one.
Now on Saturday, two other media stories have backed up that impression.
Firstly, TMW have reported that Newcastle and Inter Milan have reached an agreement.
That a 2m euros (£1.7m) loan fee has been agreed until the end of this season and that a buying option of 20m euros (£17m) is also in place for the summer if the loan move works out. This would basically give Inter the money back that they paid Hertha Berlin last summer.
Secondly, Gianluca di Marzio has also given an update on what is happening.
He also claims that a loan with option to buy has been agreed but states that Lazaro’s agent is now in Newcastle discussing personal terms for the deal.
Inter Milan are challenging for the title, two points behind leaders Juventus, with the club having already signed Ashley Young from Manchester United. With Valentino Lazaro now allegedly on his way out, di Marzio says that they are also set to bring in Victor Moses, who can play in Lazaro’s position. Moses is currently on loan at Fenerbahce but the Italian journalist says that discussions have taken place in order for the Turkish club to cancel the rest of his loan deal and with theirs and Chelsea’s blessing, join Inter Milan on loan instead.
Only 13 days until this January transfer window ends, so the clock is ticking ever faster for Newcastle United.
The Mag – Friday 17 January 2020:
An exclusive from Italy has now claimed that Valentino Lazaro is set to join Newcastle United.
The 23 year old joined Inter Milan for £19m in the summer but has played hardly any football since moving to Serie A.
A regular in the Austria national team, Valentino Lazaro can play on the left or right of midfield and has found it difficult to get into the Inter Milan team this season, they have only lost once in the league so far and are only two points off Juventus at the top.
After spending his early years in domestic football in Austria, Lazaro moved to the Bundesliga in 2017.
In 50 league starts (plus seven sub appearances) these past two seasons, the midfielder was directly involved in 16 goals, five goals and eleven assists.
That excellent record of being involved in a goal every three starts on average earned him that big money move to Italy.
However, in 19 Serie A games so far, Valentino Lazaro has made only three starts and three brief sub appearances, named on the bench 16 times.
Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla has now put out this exclusive, saying that a deal for Lazaro to go to Newcastle United is now well progressed and the player will shortly ‘say goodbye’ to Inter Milan.
No details in the exclusive as to whether Newcastle would be loaning or buying the player but you would assume a loan deal if there is any substance to Pedulla’s exclusive, either with or without a buying option.
Mike Ashley has of course had the much reported ‘transfer summit’ with Steve Bruce this week, so if you are feeling optimistic you might interpret that as now having set in motion the possibility of a deal or two now happening.
As usual though, none of us will be holding our breath.
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