Summer deal? Newcastle offered chance to sign Laxalt from AC Milan

According to ChronicleLive, Newcastle United will be offered the chance to sign AC Milan left-back Diego Laxalt in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s the word, then?

The Magpies are expected to be in the market for a new left-back at the end of the 2018-19 campaign and according to ChronicleLive, Laxalt is an option.

Indeed, the 26-year-old will reportedly be available this summer having struggled to impress for Milan since a move from Genoa in August 2018.

Laxalt made 117 appearances for Genoa ahead of a switch to Milan, but it would be fair to say that he caught the attention of a wider audience with his performances for Uruguay at the 2018 World Cup.

The defender appeared on four occasions for his country in last summer’s tournament and was actually linked with Everton off the back of the competition.

Newcastle are now being strongly linked with a swoop and it will be very interesting to see whether the Magpies follow up with an offer.

What would Laxalt bring to Newcastle?

Far from an orthodox left-back, Laxalt has played as a left midfielder on many occasions.

Three of his four appearances for Uruguay at the 2018 World Cup came as a defender, but he has been used further forward by Milan this season.

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It has not quite happened for the South American since his arrival at the San Siro, but he has still made 28 appearances in all competitions during the 2018-19 campaign.

It is difficult to know whether Laxalt would be a success in the Premier League, but his his energy and enthusiasm would certainly excite the supporters, and Benitez is keen to bring in a new No.3. A lack of options there has forced Matt Ritchie to become Newcastle’s emergency left wing-back at times this season.

Newcastle should seriously consider a swoop this summer if the price is right.