Chris Waugh has now revealed some exciting under-the-radar Newcastle United transfer news on Renan Lodi.
The Lowdown: Left-back conundrum
The St James’ Park club currently face a conundrum over whether to sign loanee Matt Targett on a permanent deal from Aston Villa, or go out and buy a new left-back for the 2022/23 season.
Kieran Tierney from Arsenal is the latest such player to be linked with the switch to the northeast, although other names are now emerging into the frame.
The Latest: Lodi interest from Newcastle
Taking to Twitter, The Athletic journalist Waugh responded to a tweet from Luke Edwards in a thread on the social media platform which may have gone under the radar.
The Telegraph reporter claimed that Atletico Madrid left-back Renan Lodi is of ‘interest‘ to the Magpies, to which Waugh replied: “Yeah, that is my understanding, too. But whether they can get him is another matter.”
Should Newcastle sign Lodi?
The Verdict: Exciting
It is certainly exciting for Newcastle to be linked with a player of Lodi’s pedigree.
He played in the Champions League this season for Atletico, with 27 appearances in the tournament throughout his career, and helped them to win the La Liga title last year ahead of the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
While a deal for Targett is still up in the air, it is good for the Toon to have Lodi as an alternative option, not least when you look at his attacking output.
In addition to his four goals and five assists from 42 games this season, the 24-year-old ranks in the 93rd percentile for touches in the opposition penalty area and the 98th percentile for progressive passes among full-backs in Europe’s top five leagues (as per FBRef). Just imagine him rampaging up and down the touchline for Newcastle…
In other news, this financial ‘blow’ has now hit NUFC
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