Newcastle United fans would be forgiven if they were not looking too far beyond the summer with the future of Rafa Benitez certainly appearing to be in doubt. The Magpies have started to find form and appear to have started to pick up the results needed to ease any fears they may have about relegation from the Premier League.
However, it appears the club are looking ahead and beyond the summer with potential transfer business, although one of their latest targets may come as a bit of a surprise.
What’s the News?
According to a report by The Newcastle Chronicle, they have revealed that sources in Italy have stated that Newcastle’s scouts have been watching AS Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo in action.
The teenager has emerged as one of the most exciting stars in the country and is understood to have been attracting plenty of interest regarding in his performances for the Serie A outfit, with the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus thought to be monitoring the £36million-rated midfield ace (Transfermarkt).
Well the news regarding Newcastle and a possible move for Zaniolo would certainly come as a surprise, however, one that is unlikely going to convince anyone connected with the club that anything will realistically happen.
There is no doubt that the teenager would bring plenty to the midfield at St. James’ Park, especially considering the futures of Mo Diame and Jonjo Shelvey appearing to be in doubt.
He is able to pick out a pass and is not afraid to have a go at goal, something that the Toon Army could benefit from as they have struggled for goals at times. He also has plenty of strength to offer, which could allow him to replicate what Diame offers them already, whilst also possessing pace to allow him to join in with any possible attacks.
Zaniolo has clearly become a fan favourite at Roma this season with his performances and it would surely be difficult to see him leave the club, despite the recent departure of Eusebio Di Francesco.
But, as mentioned, it would appear to be extremely difficult for Newcastle to prise the teenager to the club considering the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid thought to be interested in securing his services.
Newcastle fans, what do you make of the links surrounding the club and Zaniolo? Is it believable? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.