Newcastle United linked with swoop for Serie A ace


Newcastle United are being linked with a number of players ahead of the summer transfer window.

With their takeover remaining in limbo, reports continue to circulate about possible deals that could take place if the Saudi-backed consortium take control away from Mike Ashley.

Pau Lopez, the AS Roma goalkeeper, is said to be a player of interest to the Magpies as the transfer window nears.

Leggo, via Sport Witness, reports that the Magpies like the stopper, and could make a bid.

A separate Calciomercato report claims that Lopez would cost €30 million (£27.1m) and one has to wonder if he would be willing to make the move given Newcastle’s goalkeeping options.

Their current No.1 is Martin Dubravka and a move for the twice-capped Spain star seems a rather strange one at this point.

Lopez has some experience of living in England, spending the 2016/17 season on loan at Tottenham Hotspur, though he did not make a competitive appearance.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

This just isn’t logical.

Lopez is first-choice at Roma, playing 34 times in all competitions this season, but the idea of him moving to become second-choice behind Dubravka just can’t really be countenanced.

A fee of just over £27m is a big investment, especially for a player who may not instantly slot into Steve Bruce’s starting XI.

Newcastle will have money to spend this summer if the takeover goes through, but they needn’t spend it on a goalkeeper.

It would make more sense to invest elsewhere, in areas where they don’t already have a perfectly good option.

After all, Dubravka has kept 10 clean sheets in the top-flight this season, a figure only topped by Sheffield United’s Dean Henderson, Burnley’s Nick Pope, and Liverpool’s Alisson Becker.

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