Three months ago, Wylan Cyprien was counting down the days before he could make his debut for Parma in Serie A.
Now he may be counting down the days until he packs his bags and leaves the Stadio Ennio Tardini for good.
After starting just twice in Italy’s top flight since joining on loan from French side Nice, Cyprien appears to be on the move again, according to Tuttomercatoweb.
Parma still have the option of signing the 25-year-old Frenchman on a full-time basis but, as it stands, it seems a parting of the ways would be the best-case scenario.
It remains to be seen whether a miserable, short-lived spell in Serie A will have Cyprien’s many summer suitors thinking twice about renewing their interest.
In September, FootMercato reported Aston Villa had made a £16 million bid for the set-piece specialist whose suave, ball-playing style caught the eye as Nice challenged for the Ligue 1 title during their Lucien Favre heyday.
However, Villa now appear to have their sights firmly fixed on another Ligue 1 playmaker – even if their initial offer for Morgan Sanson didn’t go down well at Marseille, with Andre Villas-Boas labelling the bid “pathetic”.
Newcastle, in contrast, are once more in the market for a midfielder capable of injecting some much-needed energy and skill at the heart of Steve Bruce’s spluttering engine room.
In truth, the Magpies have been looking for a player like Cyprien since January 2020 – when Boubakary Soumare turned down a move from Lille to St James’ Park. Newcastle also missed out on Soualiho Meite when the Torino enforcer opted to join AC Milan instead (MilanNews24).
L’Equipe reported that before Cyprien’s ill-fated move to Emilia-Romagna, Newcastle were hot on his trail.
Now a side hurtling towards a Premier League relegation battle have just been handed a golden opportunity to sign a playmaker renowned for his intelligence, craft and guile – three attributes Newcastle’s midfield lacks.