It seemed for all the world that Valentino Lazaro was going to join Newcastle on loan.
However, it seems less and less likely that he’ll follow Nabil Bentaleb into the club this month.
According to the Daily Star, Lazaro prefers a move to RB Leipzig, who have also been in talks with the Inter Milan player.
The report states that Lazaro considers himself more suited to the Bundesliga than the Premier League. That would make sense, considering he’s already impressed in the division previously with Hertha Berlin.
What have Leipzig got that we haven’t?!
The fact RB Leipzig are flying high in the Bundesliga this season is probably a factor as well. Julian Nagelsmann’s side are four points clear at the top, and are set to face Tottenham in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
In contrast, Newcastle are playing what can only be described as anti-football right now. The Magpies have picked up four points from their last two games, but it’s hard to say they deserved any of them.
First Isaac Hayden scored a winner against a Chelsea side who dominated possession. Then Everton were 2-0 up in the 93rd minute before the win was snatched away by a Florian Lejeune brace.
If Lazaro does join Leipzig over us, then Newcastle must bring in someone else. Losing out on Lazaro won’t hurt too much if someone like Bowen arrives instead.
Missing out on a player to a club challenging for a domestic title and competing in Europe isn’t worth crying over. While hard to believe, not every footballer wants to play at St James’ Park…
Is there a twist in the tale?
However, reports from Germany suggest that things might not go to plan for Lazaro. According to Bild, Leipzig are unwilling to pay the £19 million that Inter want for the Austrian.
Could this force Lazaro’s agent to head back to Newcastle? Or will Leipzig and Inter be able to reach a compromise?
Football Italia claimed at the weekend that Newcastle were willing to pay the money required. The loan would cost less than £2 million, before a permanent move of around £17 million in the summer.
Why can’t every transfer be as straight forward as the Bentaleb one?