Rafa Benitez admits he may snatch £37m winger from Newcastle’s grasp

Date published: Thursday 18th June 2020 1:19 - Robert McCarthy

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Former Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez may get one over on his former club by signing Toon attacking target Hirving Lozano this summer.

The Magpies have reportedly held talks over a deal for the Napoli winger, but Benitez has admitted that he could bring player to China instead.

Napoli were celebrating on Wednesday night as they claimed their first trophy in six years when they beat Juventus on penalties to lift the Coppa Italia.

However, Lozano, the club’s £37million record signing, was forced to watch on from the sidelines, having endured a woeful debut campaign in Serie A.

Lozano has started only eight league games and was thrown out of training by head coach Gennaro Gattuso for a perceived lack of effort a day before the game.

As a result of the bust-up, Newcastle were once again mentioned as a potential destination for the talented wide player. Especially with Napoli set to sell some of their top stars.

But Steve Bruce’s men are set to have a fight on their hands to get their man, if Benitez’s latest comments ring true.

“We spoke in January and an exchange between Lozano and (Yannick Ferreira) Carrasco could be done (this summer).” Dalian Yifang coach Benitez told Corriere dello Sport, as translated by Football Italia.

AreaNapoli reported last month that Newcastle had reached out to Lozano’s agent, Mino Raiola, to enquire about a St James’ Park switch.

And despite the Premier League seemingly offering the tricky attacker the perfect stage to show his ability, the riches of China may prove too much to turn down.

 

 

Meanwhile, the details of US businessman Henry Mauriss’ bid to buy Newcastle United have been revealed by Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie.

The North East club are still waiting on a Saudi-backed takeover of the club to be completed.

The Premier League are yet to approve of the bid, though, as they continue to carry out checks on those involved.

And there has been another twist in the tail after Mauriss submitted a rival bid, believed to be worth £350million. Read more…

 

 

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