As we all know, Newcastle United have an option to make Valentino Lazaro’s loan from Inter a permanent one.

To do so, they would need to pay around £20m, and it’s fair to say the St James’ Park side were hoping to get more than five games out of him before making a decision.

Unfortunately for all involved, the Covid-19 outbreak has put the season on hold for the time being, and with just a limited amount of performances to go by, it seems Newcastle might be reluctant to commit a lot of money towards the Austria international.

That is, in essence, what Calciomercato are saying, reporting it ‘seems currently probable’ that the Magpies ‘will not redeem Lazaro’, meaning he would return to Inter in the summer.

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If previous reports from Italy are to go by, that won’t be a problem for the wing-back, who has allegedly made it an objective to break through with the Serie A side, even if Antonio Conte isn’t exactly keen to use him.

Then again, Inter also don’t seem too fussed, as he apparently has a ‘big market’ in Germany following his stint with Hertha BSC.

It’s still all speculation for the time being, but it would be surprising to see Newcastle commit such an amount after five games, especially if the season were to never resume.