The hopes of Newcastle United signing Valentino Lazaro on a permanent deal may have gone out of the window as his agent Max Hagmayr has confirmed to Austrian outlet Kronen Zeitung (via The Chronicle) that his client is close to joining a club in the UEFA Champions League.
Indeed, Lazaro spent half of the 2019/20 season on loan at the Tyneside club from Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan, as he played in 15 games in all competitions, scoring two goals, according to Transfermarkt.
Should Newcastle sign Lazaro permanently?
However, given that the Magpies have not yet come in with a transfer offer for the 24-year old, perhaps he is not part of their plans for the new 2020/21 term.
Having played predominantly on the right-hand side in the North East under Steve Bruce, with a few matches at right-back, perhaps the Magpies are already well-covered in that area of the pitch.
Comparing the stats of the Austria international to DeAndre Yedlin, Emil Krafth and Javier Manquillo in the Premier League in the last campaign, Lazaro averaged the fewest tackles, interceptions, clearances and passes per game, as per Whoscored.
Perhaps it would then be wise for the Toon not to take up the option to sign him on a permanent basis given these stats, as NUFC may look to strengthen elsewhere in other areas of the park.
Nevertheless, even if they wanted to sign Lazaro permanently, it now looks like the club will not be able to given that he is supposedly close to joining another team in the Champions League.
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