Newcastle are reportedly looking to sign their on-loan winger Valentino Lazaro on a permanent deal worth somewhere around £21m.
The versatile wide player has made just a handful of appearances for Newcastle so far, but has impressed enough to warrant the club spending a sizable figure on him this summer.
Of course, any move would likely be dependent on the success of the proposed Saudi backed takeover of the club. The Saudi Public Investment Fund are set to take a majority 80% stake in Newcastle United, with financier Amanda Staveley’s PCP Partners and property magnates the Reuben Brothers taking 10% each.
The takeover is awaiting the green light from the Premier League having begun the process of the Premier League Owners and Directors test a few weeks ago.
Back with Lazaro, his five appearances in black and white have yielded some decent performances and even a goal. He nabbed the third goal in the 3-2 win over West Brom the fifth round of the FA Cup back in early March.
If he was to sign on the dotted line this summer, it’s a move I think would go down well with the Newcastle fans. He looks an exciting player and has the versatility to play in a whole range of different positions – so it could be £20m very well spent.
From speaking to Hertha fans, he was very popular in the German capital from his time spent there. His technical ability plus that little flair streak he has within him mean that, for me, he’s a player we should absolutely be looking to hang on to.