According to reports in Belgium, Newcastle will have the ‘option’ to sign Lazio’s Jordan Lukaku for a whopping £19.1m in the summer once his proposed loan deal ends.
Lee Ryder has confirmed in the last few moments that the player is due to have his medical on Tyneside tomorrow, however it doesn’t look like he’ll be around for too long if these reports are true.
An ‘option to buy’ is always a preferable in loan deal – something I wish existed in Salomon Rondon’s move from West Brom – however it’s hard to see a world where we’d pay this in the summer if Mike Ashley’s still around.
Here’s what the Chronicle’s Mark Douglas has had to say about this alleged ‘purchase option’, with ‘sources in Belgium’ claiming it’s £19.1m:
If this is true, it seems pretty certain that we won’t be signing him permanently anytime soon – with this alleged price tag being one that would smash our club record fee set way back in 2005.
Here’s a snippet from Belgian outlet nieuwsblad, who claim he would cost us 22m euros (£19m) at the end of the season should we want to keep him:
“If his medical tests are successful, Jordan Lukaku will play at a loan basis for the English Newcastle at least until the end of the season.
“The number seventeen of the English Premier League also stipulated a purchase option of 22 million euros.”
Let’s hope he can make an immediate impact – because it doesn’t sound like we’ll be keeping him beyond May if news of this asking price if true!