Monday saw the emergence of a rather surprising story in the Italian media, as Newcastle United were reported to have made a ‘dizzying’ offer for Ciro Immobile.

Gazzetta dello Sport were the ones reporting it, as the Magpies saw the prolific striker as the man to lead their ‘ambitious project’, willing to put a package of transfer fee and wages worth €135m for the player.

The base transfer fee was said to be €55m, which is a lot for a 30-year-old, but the Italian’s track record in recent years suggests he is worth it.