June 23, 2024

A general view of Newcastle United supporters waiting outside the stadium for news of the latest developments in the sale of the club to the Saudi sovereign wealth fund for 300 million-pound ($408 million) takeover in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England Thursday Oct. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

Newcastle United is reportedly interested in Lazio midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, according to Italian media. According to Gazzetta, Newcastle and Aston Villa, another Premier League team, are interested in the 25-year-old. Even though Lazio does not want to sell the player, the article notes that a £25 million bid might be taken into consideration because the player’s future is “not safe” despite having just started a permanent transfer to Stadio Olimpico.

During Eddie Howe’s first season at the team, Newcastle was reportedly interested in Guendouzi; nevertheless, the midfielder was eventually moved by Arsenal to Marseille in Ligue 1. The French international returned to his native country for two seasons before joining Lazio on a temporary loan that was later extended.

Guendouzi made 46 appearances in all competitions for Lazio during the 2023-24 campaign, helping the Serie A side reach the last-16 of the Champions League. He played 57 times for Arsenal in the Premier League though his only goal for the club came in a 3-0 Europa League win at Qarabağ in 2018.

With Sandro Tonali set to return from a 10-month betting ban at the end of August, signing a midfielder is not top of Newcastle’s priorities heading into the summer transfer window. But that could change if a player in that position were to be sold.

Bruno Guimaraes has a £100million release clause in his contract that can be triggered until the end of June. Despite this, the club are confident of keeping hold of the Brazilian.

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