Serie A club Lazio are keen on signing Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles this summer, according to Italian outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi.
They report that Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi wants younger defenders to spruce up his backline and Lascelles fits the bill because he has experience in a division as challenging as the Premier League.
Arsenal defender Calum Chambers is also named in the report as a player of interest, despite having played in midfield for much of his loan spell with Fulham last season, which ended in relegation from the Premier League.
But it also quotes a 14 million euros asking price for Lascelles, which works out at £12.5 million and many Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter to laugh off the links.
They are probably right to laugh them off in truth. Lascelles is the club’s captain and a lynchpin – it’s tough to see him trading that in and it’s harder to see the club letting him leave at that low price.
That was the gist of the criticism online, with most fans telling the Italian side to stump up more cash or forget about signing £40,000-a-week (Spotrac) man Lascelles this summer…
Nowhere near enough, did Michael Keane go for about £25-30m?
— DaveL80 (@DavidL1980) June 12, 2019
They might want to save a tree and not bother sending a fax 📠 if they intend on it reading €16m…
— Mohsin Khan (@mkhan185) June 12, 2019
— Dave Rees (@johndavidrees) June 12, 2019
John Stones was £50m so he got to be around the same price looking at the 2 of them.
They both have had bad seasons to be fair
— Dicky (@3001Paul) June 12, 2019
€16 million? pic.twitter.com/zehHVBpkZQ
— Rob G (blue tick pending) (@shearersbuddy) June 12, 2019
Double it at least!!
— Steve Cundall (@stevecundall) June 12, 2019
6 month loan deal for that?
— Adam Brown (@adambrown0506) June 12, 2019
And the rest.
— James Beedie (@17jamesbeedie) June 12, 2019
Coppa Italia winners Lazio better come with 3x that bid to even have a chance of being laughed out of negotiations for Lascelles
— Patrick Sotallaro (@Lumberweasel) June 12, 2019
— Nathan◼◻Moat (@nathanmoat) June 12, 2019