According to new reports in Italy, Newcastle may decide NOT to trigger their option to sign Valentino Lazaro for £20m after being hit by the coronavirus crisis.
This comes from Calciomercato.com, who claim his hopes of sticking around at St James’ Park are considered a ‘distant prospect’ as things stand.
TuttoMercatoWeb reported last month that San Siro chiefs were ‘optimistic’ we’d look to sign the 24-year-old permanently, however it seems the ongoing coronavirus crisis could put paid to that.
Now, Calciomercato report that Newcastle have NOT taken any steps to pursue a potential permanent deal, with the COVID-19 crisis leaving the clubs finances in doubt ahead of the upcoming transfer window.
They also state that it’s unclear if the campaign will restart before his loan move from Italy officially ends – meaning even his temporary stay on Tyneside is up in the air.
As a result, it seems our ‘option’ to trigger a £20m permanent deal for the Inter Milan loanee at the end of the season (whenever that will be!) is the last thing on Steve Bruce’s mind as things stand.