Lazio hitman Ciro Immobile reveals he was approached by Newcastle’s prospective Saudi owners over a move but it fell through as takeover collapsed…and claims they wanted Massimiliano Allegri or Luciano Spalletti as manager
- Ciro Immobile hit an impressive 36 goals for Lazio in Serie A last season
- Tally made him most prolific striker in Europe, earning him the Golden Shoe
- Lazio star claims his agent was approached over a view to joining Newcastle
- The 30-year-old though is now set to commit his future to Rome based club
Ciro Immobile claims he was approached by Newcastle’s United’s prospective Saudi owners over a move to St James’s Park this summer.
Immobile finished the Serie A season as top scorer with Lazio and his 36 goals saw him land the European Golden Shoe as an award for being the most prolific marksman across the continent.
Newcastle were subject to a Saudi backed takeover bid fronted by British businesswoman Amanda Staveley, only for the deal to collapse owing to uncertainties from the Premier League over the potential roles of those involved in the acquisition.
Lazio striker Ciro Immobile claims he was approached over a summer move to Newcastle
Immobile’s 36 goals this season made him Europe’s deadliest striker in front of goal
Immobile though revealed the Saudi bid plotted big plans for the North East side while trying to lure him to sign, including bringing in a well known Serie A boss to replace Steve Bruce.
‘During the period in which there was talk of the possible purchase of Newcastle by the Sheikh’s fund they called my agent, Alessandro Moggi,’ Immobile told Italian publication Corriere Dello Sport.
‘Then the Premier League did not approve that proposal, or the fund withdrew, I don’t remember well.
Businesswoman Amanda Staveley fronted the failed Saudi backed Newcastle takeover bid
‘I know they were also looking for an Italian coach, [Massimiliano] Allegri or [Luciano] Spalletti.’
Following the collapse in the potential move, the 30-year-old has pledged his future to the Rome based side.
His prolific season in front of goal saw Lazio emerge as late contenders for the Serie A title before falling five points short of Juventus but still earning fourth place and a return to the Champions League’s main tournament for the first time in 13 years.
Immobile claims the bid hoped to bring in a top Italian manager such as Massimiliano Allegri
Luciano Spalletti (above) was also a possible replacement for current boss Steve Bruce
The Italy international is now keen to see out the best days of his career by extending his contract beyond 2022 at the Italian side.
‘I intend to tie myself to Lazio forever. The renewal will be for three years, so the contract will expire in 2025 when I turn 35,’ he said.
‘Before I arrived at Lazio, contacts with Napoli were frequent, but for one reason or another, we never went any further.
‘Naples is the city where I was born, I always follow Napoli with affection, but what Lazio has given me and is giving me is priceless.’