Late in the summer window, L’Equipe linked several clubs including Newcastle to then-Monaco winger Rony Lopes. The report stated that Everton, West Ham, Roma, Valencia, and Sevilla were all tracking the Brazilian-born Portuguese international.
The summer window closed for Newcastle without any further links to the former Manchester City youth prospect. However, Sevilla followed up their interest in Lopes and signed him for €24m on August 14th.
There is an interesting exclusive in the Chronicle that states Newcastle are still tracking the 23-year-old. The Chronicle says that Newcastle have scouted Lopes at least 10 times and maintain an interest in him.
Rony Lopes– signing for Sevilla last month
It is not unheard of for Newcastle to sign a player who has just joined a new club. We only have to look at Emil Krafth for evidence of this. A move for Rony Lopes in January seems unlikely to us. The scouting missions on Lopes were most likely done before his move to Sevilla. If not then the scouts would have come away very disappointed as Lopes has only played 11 minutes so far for Sevilla.
He is definitely one to watch to see if he settles and gets some games as the new year approaches. Newcastle have been known to track players who have not settled at clubs after big moves. Last January, they tracked both Ibrahim Amadou and Diego Laxalt even though they had just joined their clubs in the summer.
Defensive midfielder Ibrahim Amadou moved from Lille to Sevilla in the summer of 2018. Amadou, who now plays for Norwich City, had only 2 starts in La Liga before January when Newcastle were trying to bring him in on loan.
A similar situation happened with then AC Milan left-back Diego Laxalt who had just swapped Genoa for AC Milan last summer. The Uruguayan had just four starts for his new club before Newcastle tried to bring him on loan in January as well. Laxalt is now on loan at Torino.
While there is a precedent for Newcastle to track players at new clubs, Lopes would likely not come cheap. The only way we would see this happening is if Lopes can’t force his way into the Sevilla team by January, and Newcastle offer him an opportunity on loan.
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