Although Newcastle United aren’t short of defenders with Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark at their disposal, it does appear they could bring in another centre-back when the winter transfer window opens. Supporters on social media seem tired of the rumours, however.
The Magpies have recently been linked with Paris Saint-Germain’s Abdou Diallo, but Martin Hardy of The Times says they’re also after Inter Milan’s Stefan de Vrij. The 29-year-old is a regular for the Nerazzurri but might be sold as Inter are in a lot of debt.
De Vrij joined Inter on a free transfer from Lazio in 2018 and has gone on to make 139 appearances in all competitions, scoring eight goals with six assists. The Netherlands international has played in 15 of 16 games this season and has two years left on his deal at the San Siro, but Inter’s finances may dictate his future.
The Serie A giants were in €700m (£587.6m) worth of debt in August, so Newcastle’s new lucrative resources might help them out. Whether De Vrij would leave the defending champions to join relegation-threatened Newcastle remains to be seen, however.