Newcastle United surely won't sign Renan Lodi from Atletico Madrid now
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Newcastle United surely won't sign Renan Lodi from Atletico Madrid now

Last month it looked like Newcastle’s Brazilian revolution was going to get stronger with the arrival of Renan Lodi.

The Brazilian defender was heavily linked with a move to St James’ Park, as Eddie Howe eyed a deal for a new left-back.

Matt Targett had filled that space in the second half of last season, but there was no guarantee he’d return on a permanent deal.

As speculation of Targett not coming back increased, the prospect of Lodi wearing black and white ramped up. Talk of a £34million bid was claimed by the Spanish press.

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It was reported that Howe wanted a more attacking defender than Targett, which Lodi certainly is. Meanwhile, the Chronicle claimed that the Brazil international was on Newcastle’s radar, and that his camp were interested in the new project at St James’ Park.

However, developments this week suggest that Lodi and his representatives will have to admire Newcastle from afar.

Matt Targett return means Lodi won’t be signing for Newcastle

The Magpies confirmed their first signing of the summer on Wednesday. Targett is back, agreeing a four-year deal at St James’ Park.

Newcastle have paid a total fee of £15million for the 26-year-old, including the cost to loan him last season.

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It’s a move that has delighted Toon fans, and it’s also put a smile on Bruno Guimaraes’ face.

However, he may have been intrigued by talk of Lodi coming to Tyneside. The pair played together at Athletico Paranaense. And Bruno isn’t the only Toon player Lodi knows – he also shared a dressing room with Kieran Trippier.

The duo were once Diego Simeone’s full-backs at Atletico Madrid, and the Chronicle claim they are still friendly despite Trippier’s move to the North East.

Bringing Lodi to Newcastle would have been another high profile addition to Howe’s squad. It’s hard to argue that he wouldn’t have been an improvement on Targett.

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However, the deal with Aston Villa makes a lot more sense. Targett is proven in the Premier League and can thrive in Newcastle’s current team. He also wasn’t that expensive.

In contrast, Lodi would have cost a lot more money and there was no guarantee he’d have settled in the top flight of English football.

The left-back position was up for grabs at St James’ Park, but it looks like it’ll belong to Targett for the foreseeable future. Our pursuit of Lodi is surely over.

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