The season is yet to end, with the Coppa Italia game left to play on Sunday, but the rumours of departing and arriving players are already all over the football media. Here comes a small update of the recent names and comments.
Regarding players arriving, Claudio Lotito earlier this week claimed to have secured the signature of more than one player already. Breno, the problem child from Bayern Munich, is only awaiting his final verdict in a trial in Germany before he is presented as an addition to the defensive line in Lazio.
Ederson from Lyon is a saga that has been ongoing for several years now and a few days ago he seemed to have been a done deal for Lotito. Today however, the player through his agent, claimed nothing has yet been finalised but that he is definitely leaving Lyon on a free transfer and that him and Lazio are in a good position to be able to reach a final agreement.
Also Zarate has been talking to media again, and also him through his agent. Remaining in Inter is no longer an option it seems and the Argentine now seems ready to make a comeback in Lazio. As long as Edoardo Reja was with the club the possibility of him returning and playing for the club looked very slim, but with the tactician gone the door is now open for Zarate to make a return. If not Valencia or Sevilla manage to strike a deal with Lotito.
Germany’s Euro2012 captain, Lazio top striker Miroslav Klose, has made a comment giving many Laziali hope for the future. From the German training camp he has today claimed he is aiming for yet another tournament before retiring and hopes to end his career in Lazio in 2014.
With Lazio now having one slot open for a non-EU player as Makinwa’s contract ends this season, the need for reinforcements at the back seems to place central defenders in Lazio on a regular basis. Tuttusport has today placed Benfica player Jardel, valued at €5 million, claiming Lotito has contacted the Portuguese club and is ready to offer the money for the player.
Hernanes has stated his wish to stay with Lazio for the coming season, while his agent confirmed by adding “If not one of the big clubs come waving wiith money, making it hard for Lazio to say no to a deal”. Also Lulic has confirmed he has no intentions of leaving Lazio, despite Bayern Munich having offered an economically lucrative deal to both club and player in December, and is expected to push again comes the summer.
Lastly, a comment on Juan Pablo Carrizo. The former Argentina number one choice in goal has not been able to take a starting place in Lazio and since the winter mercato he has been playing for Sicilian side Catania. With an impressive run of games, and plenty of good games under Montella, the possibility of him being bought by the Elephanti should be fairly high. Pablo Sabbag, the representative of the player, says the six good succesful months with the team should be enough to have them convinced. However, Corriere Dello Sport states Lazio and Catania are yet to discuss a possible deal.