According to ‘sources close to the player’, Valentino Lazaro is eyeing a return to Newcastle United this summer.
This comes from The Chronicle, who report that the Inter Milan wide man could be offered to the club this summer – stating that another loan deal including an option to buy the Austrian international could be on the cards.
The 25-year-old arrived at St James’ Park last January, being one of three loan signings made by Steve Bruce as Danny Rose and Nabil Bentaleb also signed until the end of the 2019/20 season.
We say he was signed by Bruce, however it makes you wonder who really did push to land Lazaro, with the NUFC boss often having a bizarre reluctance to start a clearly talented Lazaro.
He was restricted to late cameos, despite showing glimpses of quality and spark, and ended up sealing a loan move to Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach last summer.
After two goals in 28 games for the German side – featuring a few starts in their run to the last 16 of the Champions League – he’s back at Inter Milan and looks set to be available again this summer.
His history with Bruce may mean this is a non starter, however a low-cost loan deal that includes an option to buy at a cut-price fee is an avenue we could well pursue – providing Bruce comes to his senses and realises the winger come wing-back is actually a talented player.