According to the reports from Tuttosport as cited by the Chronicle, Newcastle United are set to renew their interest in Juventus’ fullback Rogério Oliveira da Silva. It is believed that the Magpies will come up with an offer between €20m-25m. The Toon were also interested in him in the January transfer window, but nothing materialised at that point.
The defender spent the season on loan with Sassuolo where he made 33 appearances for them in the Serie A. Rogerio joined Juventus from Sassuolo before rejoining his previous club on a two-year loan deal. The 21-year-old has represented Brazil’s u-20 side, and he is seen as a top prospect for the future.
The Magpies are not known to spend cash in the transfer market, but with the news of new takeover, they might start bringing in top talents. A few years back it would have been unimaginable for the Magpies even to consider signing someone from Juventus by paying around €20-25m.
Why Newcastle United need a left back?
The Magpies have been linked with quite a few left backs in the past few months. Benitez currently deploys the formula of 5 at the back, and the fullbacks play more like wing backs. Paul Dummett, who is predominantly a left-back, was often used as a left-sided centre back and Matt Ritchie (who is a right-winger) filled in the left wing-back role.
Ritchie showcases impressive work rate, and that is why he fitted in well in that role. However, it is clear that Benitez doesn’t want to use makeshift wingback anymore, and that is where someone like Rogerio might come in handy for the club.
What can he bring to St. James’ Park?
Rogerio is a powerful and pacey left back who would seamlessly settle in as a wing back. His impressive pace and acceleration are his stand out attributes, and he has that physical side to his game as well, which would stand him in good stead in the Premier League. One thing which stands out is his work rate as he would be running up and down the flank continuously. The Brazilian might have to improve on his crossing and the defensive side of his game, but overall, he can be a reliable option.
There is no doubt that the club should look to sign the 21-year-old in the summer and given United’s playing style, Rogerio should fit in well in Benitez’s system.