St James’ Park wide man wanted by Serie A side.
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Newcastle face a battle to hold to Jonas Gutierrez with Lazio preparing a big-money summer bid for the Argentine winger.
Gutierrez, 27, has two years left on his current deal at St James’ Park but has so far stalled on signing a new contract.
And reports in his native Argentina have revealed that Lazio plan to meet with Newcastle officials to discuss a potential summer move to Serie A.
Newcastle know that the midfielder’s value will diminish if he does not sign a new deal soon so they could be tempted to cash in on him this summer.
But they face a dilemma because he has been almost ever-present for the side this season.
But £8m-rated Gutierrez is remaining tight-lipped on the subject.
“Rumours are rumours,” he said. “Now I’m just focused on my work in Newcastle.”
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew will be loathed to lose another big name player this summer after losing Andy Carroll to Liverpool last month but the St James’ Park boss may be worried that interest from Serie A side Lazio will tempt his Argentine winger.
Gutierrez has been in fine form this season and his partnership with Jose Enrique down the left has been a big part of the club’s attacking plans and the creativity the 27 year old provides is invaluable to the club and any offer from Italy, or elsewhere, will surely be turned down flat.
The former Mallorca man showed great spirit to stick it out at Newcastle United after they were relegated to the Championship and he came up with the goods last term and is a cult hero among the Toon Army faithful and he appears very happy to remain at the club.
Pardew will not have been happy about the last minute sale of Carroll and will have to put his foot down in the summer to make sure that Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley does not accept offers for any of the club’s key players. There is already growing interest in the likes of Cheik Tiote among others and the Magpies boss will be looking to spend rather than sell when the season is over.