Newcastle United have completed yet another signing this January, continuing to bolster their midfield options with the signing of Inter Milan midfielder Valentino Lazaro.
The deal was agreed on as an initial £1.5m loan fee with the option to buy for £20m. A steal I may add.
Valentino Lazaro is en route to Newcastle, and will land in the early hours of the morning. He’ll have his medical and finalise his £1.25m loan (with £20m option) from Inter Milan tomorrow #NUFC— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 23, 2020
The right-midfielder is considered surplus to requirements at Inter Milan having been unable to dethrone Antronio Candreva, who has been a solid right-mid for Inter since 2016. Victor Moses’s arrival from Chelsea is the nail in the coffin.
The 23 year-old Austrian got his start with RB Salzburg in Austria scoring 15 goals and 23 assists in 121 matches before moving to Hertha BSC in the German Bundesliga. Having impressed, he became a target of multiple clubs, of which Inter Milan was one. Myself being an Inter fan can tell you that Lazaro has seriously struggled to make an impression on Antonio Conte. But his failure to make an impression on Conte should not be seen as a knock on his quality.
Lazaro is the kind of player that brings speed and dynamism to the pitch. He brings an offensive sense of danger for the opposite side while having the speed and stamina to keep the pressure on. He usually plays on the right side, but has been used in multiple situations throughout his career to make him a good depth player. Newcastle United is struggling with injuries, so versatility is kind of a prerequisite right now.
Steve Bruce had this to say about the new signing:
“Valentino is a quality player who’ll add to us in attacking areas of the field, where we need to improve. He can play in a few positions but he is a natural winger with an excellent delivery.
We have worked hard to get him ahead of other clubs, so I’m delighted with what we’ve done. Along with Nabil Bentaleb, he’ll give us strong options.”
Valentino Lazaro speaking about the move said:
“I’m very happy to be here and can’t wait to meet all my team mates, get out on the training pitch and hopefully get a lot of victories in the future,
I’ve only heard great things about the club. I’ve had good talks with the coach so I feel very happy to be here now. Those conversations convinced me that this is the right place for me to come.”
In conclusion: this signing is an absolute no brainer for Newcastle United to make. The fee is a steal, and they’re getting a player that has loads of experience, and an ability to complement the already decadent midfield of Allan Saint-Maximin, Sean and Matty Longstaff, Jonjo Shelvey, and Miguel Almiron. His addition should get every fan out of their seat.
The club’s full press release can be found here.