Revealed! Valentino Lazaro's Inter Milan and Newcastle United future plus the latest on Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose
Newcastle United made an attempt to patch up and upgrade their left-back and right-back slots in the January transfer window.
And with football across Europe suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak, the futures of the duo remain up in the air.
Danny Rose, a loan signing from Tottenham Hotspur, was brought in to cover for Jetro Willems, after the Netherlands international suffered a season-ending injury, and compete with Matt Ritchie, who was coming off the back of a long-term absence.
Valentino Lazaro was brought in from Inter Milan to better United’s options down the right, with DeAndre Yedlin, Javier Manquillo and Emil Krafth failing to make the right-back slot their own.
Do either have a future at United beyond the end of the current season? Here we take a look at where things stand with England international Rose and Austrian Lazaro.
Valentino Lazaro – ‘All options open’
The Gazette has learned from sources close to the player that he is open to a permanent move to United at the end of his loan spell, but will keep his options open with focus turned away from football in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
The winger has enjoyed his time at United, even thought it has been stop-start due to his FA Cup ineligibility initially, which was not helped by his avoidable red card at Arsenal. As well as that he’s bonded with a number of key figures in the United dressing-room.
Speaking to the Italian media over the weekend, Lazaro hinted he would be keen on returning to play for Inter, but he would not make a decision on his future until the summer.
"Inter is amazing. A fantastic and special club. Wearing the nerazzurri shirt is a source of pride,” he said.
"It wouldn’t be fair to talk about it (the future) now.
"I am focused on Newcastle and will give everything here.
"Then next summer we’ll see what will happen."
Danny Rose – ‘Spurs career over’
According to a report in the Northern Echo this morning, Spurs would not stand in Rose or Newcastle’s way should they wish to make this move permanent.
It is our understanding that Rose’s Tottenham career is over, despite, when fit, many in the game still seeing the player as England’s best left-back.
Will United make this deal permanent – the jury is still out. Manager Steve Bruce would like to see a deal brokered, and the player’s salary is not thought to be an issue, the length of contract due to his age might be, though.
Rose does not fit the model set out by the club’s hierarchy and would be an expensive addition to the squad. The mood music even in light of Willems’ issue was that the Magpies could opt to make that deal permanent in the summer, with Ritchie and Paul Dummett also able to cover the role.
That may, of course, have changed recently, even if Rose has done little in his performances to suggest he’d be anything close to an upgrade on Willems.