Report: Newcastle looking in Italy, Spain, Holland and Belgium for Antonio Barreca replacement

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez reacts on the touchline during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Cardiff City at St. James Park on January 19, 2019 in Newcastle upon...

Barreca has flopped in the Premier League and Newcastle United are reportedly looking for left-backs in Spain, Italy, Holland and Belgium.

Antonio Barreca during his first interview at the Newcastle United Training Centre on January 30, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle United are scouring the market for a new left-back ahead of the summer transfer window with the club increasingly unlikely to sign Antonio Barreca on a permanent basis, as reported by The Chronicle.

The highly-rated Italian was snapped up on loan from Monaco in January and looked set to finally provide an answer to Rafael Benitez’s problem position.

 

But Barreca has played just four minutes of Premier League football in the last three months, meaning that The Magpies are set to turn down the chance to sign him for around £8 million, as reported by Gianluca Di Marzio.

And The Chronicle reports that Newcastle are already looking for a replacement. They have sent scouts to Holland, Belgium, Italy and Spain with a left-back once again a top priority for Benitez.

Antonio Barreca of Manaco runs with the ball during the Pre-Season Friendly match between VfL Bochum and AS Monaco at Sportclub Arena on July 25, 2018 in Verl, Germany. The match between...

The report suggests that Ajax’s Argentine international Nicolas Tagliafico is still on their radar after a sensational season in the Eredivisie.

But The Chronicle adds that Newcastle couldn’t afford Tagliafico last summer and his reputation, and price-tag, has soared since. The Sun (25 March, page 51) claimed that Arsenal and Tottenham are now looking at the attack-minded South American, who is valued at £15 million.

 

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez arrives before the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St. James's Park, Newcastle on Saturday 6th April 2019.

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