Newcastle eyeing move for Monaco’s Antonio Barreca

Newcastle eyeing Barreca

Newcastle are said to be interested in Monaco full-back Antonio Barreca, according to the Mail.

The Magpies were close to signing Lazio defender Jordan Lukaku earlier this week.

However, after the full-back arrived in the North East, the deal would collapse.

As a result, Newcastle have seemingly turned their attention to Barreca as a Lukaku replacement.

Barreca joined Monaco in July of 2018 from Torino for a fee of around £8m.

Since moving to France though, Barreca has found his first-team chances very limited.

 

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The 23-year-old has made just seven Ligue 1 appearances this campaign, the last of which came in October of 2018.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United at Amex Stadium on September 24, 2017 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Rafa Benitez wants Newcastle to strengthen in January

Newcastle’s interest in Barreca comes on the back of a report by the Telegraph suggesting Rafa Benitez will leave Newcastle in the summer if new signings are not made.

Benitez’s side have had a poor 2018/19 season so far and sit just two points above the relegation zone.

Newcastle did pick up a 3-0 win over Cardiff in their last game but it is still quite clear they need to invest.

Newcastle have also been linked with a move for Man United’s Antonio Valencia.

United’s next league game sees them play host to Manchester City.

Related: Man United could sell Antonio Valencia in January with Newcastle interested

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