Max Hagmayr spent a week or so of this month flying around Europe trying to get the best deal possible for his client Valentino Lazaro.
Inter Milan signed the Austrian fullback in the summer window, but he hasn’t managed to find space under Antonio Conte, so it was thought an exit would be the best plan.
There had been talk of a loan move with a mandatory buying option for the side taking the player, and then just a normal option seemed likelier.
Newcastle United pushed the most, yet it was claimed the player would have preferred a move to RB Leipzig, with the German club unable to reach a deal with Inter.
Hagmayr has now spoken to FCInterNews, and made it very clear that a stay at Newcastle isn’t the priority for next season.
When asked if Lazaro will return to Milan in the summer, the agent said: “The player’s first choice is to go back to Inter. With more time available he wants to demonstrate that he can help the Nerazzurri club to win the Scudetto.”
When asked why they chose Newcastle despite interest from elsewhere, Hagmayr said: “Newcastle have been very serious in moving the deal forward and we are happy with how it all went: we are satisfied. Steve Bruce is very happy to have Valentino with him.”
The manager may not be so thrilled in the summer, if after helping the 23 year old get back to his best form he then has to quickly say goodbye to him.