Sky Italia yesterday reported that our prospective new Saudi owners are keen to extend Valentino Lazaro’s loan move for another season if they seize control at St James’ Park.
The Austrian’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the campaign and it is rumoured there is a £20m buyout clause in place should we want to make his deal permanent.
However, he has struggled for minutes since his arrival but has shown flashes of brilliance in the short amount of time he has featured.
A £20m punt may seem risky and unlikely for a player who’s effectively been an impact player from the bench since January, and Sky Italia report that potential new owners will be ‘reluctant’ to pay that immediately if they receive PL approval, but he’s shown enough in bursts to suggest he could be worth another punt – if Bruce will even give him the game time he deserves, that is.
If there is a chance Lazaro could feature for parent club Inter Milan next season then it is likely he will rejoin with the Italian giants, with the winger hardly likely to be enjoying sitting on the St James’ Park sidelines.
RB Leipzig are also reportedly interested, so he’d surely need more assurances over his playing time to stay.
Him and Saint-Maximin have the potential to cause teams problems next season, and another loan move would certainly be a sensible approach from our point of view – even if it seems like a deal he may be reluctant to accept based on the surprise lack of starts Steve Bruce has handed him since football returned.
It may mean nothing, but it is interesting to see Sky Italia refer to them as our ‘new owners’. Jumping the gun perhaps, but let’s hope this is a sign a deal is more likely to be approved than not!