Official: Newcastle confirm loan signing of Valentino Lazaro from Inter Milan

Premier League outfit Newcastle United have this afternoon announced the signing of Inter Milan outcast Valentino Lazaro, on loan until the end of the season.

Inter struggles

Austrian wide-man Lazaro only made the move to the San Siro last summer.

After impressing during a 2-year stint with Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga, new Inter boss Antonio Conte sanctioned a £20 million swoop for Lazaro, with the 23-year-old having been expected to slot into the right wing-back berth in the Nerazzurri’s XI.

However, the months since have, to put it lightly, proven a disappointment for both club and player.

Lazaro majorly struggled during his short stint in Serie A, having been afforded starts in just 3 of Inter’s 20 league outings to this point in the campaign.

MILAN, ITALY – JANUARY 11: Valentino Lazaro of FC Internazionale in action during the Coppa Italia match between FC Internazionale and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 14, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani – Inter/Inter via Getty Images)

In addition, when he did feature, the 26-time capped Austrian international too often looked lacking in both confidence and, crucially, end product.

Newcastle switch

As such, it had come as little surprise to see Lazaro tipped for a San Siro departure of late, just 6 months on from his arrival.

A number of clubs were rumoured to be keen on the pacy wide-man’s signature, with a January move having begun to look increasingly likely over the last couple of weeks.

As a result, official confirmation of Lazaro’s departure from Milan arriving this afternoon has come as little surprise.

As outlined above, the Austrian has put pen-to-paper on a deal with Premier League outfit Newcastle United.

Lazaro will spend the remainder of the campaign on loan at St. James’ Park, with Inter having confirmed that the deal includes an option for the Magpies to make the transfer permanent come the summer:

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