The Chronicle have claimed Newcastle United are “unlikely” to match the permanent clause in Antonio Barreca’s loan deal from French side AS Monaco.
Barreca, 24, joined Newcastle on loan from Monaco in the January transfer window. He was one of two signings made at the start of the year by Rafa Benitez, with Miguel Almiron also joining the club.
The Italy Under-21 international has managed just one substitute appearance for The Toon. He came on for four minutes of Newcastle’s 1-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur.
Since then, Barreca has been omitted from the Newcastle squad for the last four Premier League matches – failing to make the 18. Newcastle have drawn against Wolves, beating Huddersfield and Burnley, and lost to West Ham.
Matt Ritchie has continued on the left side of the defence, impressing despite being out of position. Paul Dummett remains back-up, while former Torino man Barreca sits on the sidelines.
The defender has an £8million clause in his loan deal if Newcastle wish to make the move permanent. But the report claims Newcastle are already unlikely to do that.
Barreca has been a waste of time. Even at this early stage, it is clear to see that. Benitez has been known to sign players to give his starting eleven a boost, even if it means that his new recruit will be on the bench.
But Barreca’s presence won’t have changed anything. He is seemingly miles down the pecking order, with Ritchie, Dummett and even Javi Manquillo able to play at left-back.
At £8million, there is no doubt that Barreca would be a waste of money – especially when owner Mike Ashley does not want to spend big.