Lazio striker Ciro Immobile has confirmed in an exclusive interview with Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport (via NUFC 360) that the would-be owners of Newcastle United had been in contact with his agent about a possible move to St James’ Park before the proposed £300m deal between Mike Ashley and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabian (KSA) group fell through.
As per the outlet, Immobile revealed:
“During the period in which there was talk of the possible purchase of Newcastle by the Sheikh’s fund they called my agent.”
Lazio striker Ciro Immobile is quoted saying #NUFC's wannabe new owners had been in contact about a move before the deal fell through. "During the period in which there was talk of the possible purchase of #NUFC by the Sheikh’s fund they called my agent." [Corriere dello Sport]
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) August 11, 2020
Indeed, this could come to a blow to members of the Toon Army, who may have seen Immobile in the famous black-and-white stripes had the prospective takeover have been approved by the Premier League.
Comparing the stats of the 30-year old to the likes of Newcastle strikers Andy Carroll, Dwight Gayle and Joelinton in their respective domestic leagues in the last campaign, Immobile averaged more shots, key passes and long balls per match than the Magpies trio (via Whoscored).
The Italian international would have most definitely been an upgrade on the current players that Steve Bruce has at his disposal based off of these statistics, and so perhaps it is a big blow that the takeover collapsed.
Nevertheless, with more clarity and cooperation from the Premier League and its chief executive Richard Masters, perhaps the deal between Ashley and the Saudi-led consortium could be resurrected.
Is the KSA takeover of Newcastle over?
If this is the case, then maybe the Magpies would be able to attract names like Immobile with the abundance of wealth that they would be likely to have at their disposal.
Geordies, would Immobile have transformed Newcastle’s attack if he had been signed? Comment below with your views!
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