Newcastle are showing renewed interest in Juventus’ 21-year-old left-back Rogerio Oliveira da Silva, according to Tuttosport via Sport Witness.
The Magpies had allegedly shown an interest in signing the young Brazilian back in the winter market, but no move came to fruition and he remained with loan side Sassuolo.
He has now returned to Turin, but it is not expected the Nobres-born defender will remain on the Old Lady’s books for much longer, as the Italian sports newspaper reported on Wednesday that Newcastle are preparing an offer in the region of €20m to €25million (£17.6m to £22m).
Tuttosport did not suggest if Juve would be willing to strike a deal at that price though, and mentioned the rumours of a takeover by Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, which Sport Witness feel may see clubs start to hike up their asking price for our speculated targets.
But should we still pursue Rogerio, the future star developed in Sassuolo’s academy could be perfect for Rafa Benitez’s plans next season – providing the Spaniard is also offered a new contract at St James’ Park.
Rogerio – who joined Juventus in 2016, before re-joining Sassuolo on a two-year loan the following summer – is a powerful and pacey wing-back, capable of filling in as a strict left-back, at centre-half or in midfield.
His technical ability is assured despite his age, too, and on our left-flank would be more than able to deliver powerful driven crosses into the box, while recovering possession should the opponent look to counter.
In the recently concluded Serie A campaign, the former Brazil U20 international made 33 appearances for Sassuolo, in which he averaged 1.2 interceptions, 2.9 clearances, 1.4 dribbles, and 45.2 passes per ninety minutes.