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  08/06/2012: Lazio have the appetite for Turkish delight.
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LazioLand.com recently brought the news from journalist Luigi Salomone that the club had decided on their new coach - a relatively unknown character who had charisma in spades. With Vladimir Petkovic at the helm, Salomone's prophecy appears to have been fulfilled but that's not all the journalist had to say about Lazio's future plans.

Salomone stuck his neck out and said that Lazio intended to bring six new faces into the Capital - a wing-back for each side, a centre-back, two midfielders and a striker.

Igli Tare has confirmed an interest in Bayern's centre-back Breno and if a not guilty verdict is given in his upcoming trial, the Brazilian talent should tick his name off the list. Simialrly, Ederson appears to be one of the two midfielders that is on our radar and his future could be decided in the next couple of days if we believe media reports.

The lone striker looks set to be Burak Yilmaz, the Turkish international who was busy hitting a goal per game last season for Trabzonspor. A sum in the region of 6 million is said to release him from his contract if the player desires a move and with Igli Tare offering the striker 2 million per season plus bonuses, Yilmaz looks set to sign on the dotted line. The salary is half of what Yilmaz could earn elsewhere, which could be the only factor now that prevents the deal from going ahead.

These three names make up half of the shortlist but the fuller picture is beginning to emerge. Rumour has it that Lotito and Tare want to snare Federico Balzaretti from Palermo. The Sicilians are holding out for a sum of 3 million despite the fact the Italian international is in the last year of his contract and with the player currently occupied with the Euro's, Lotito and Tare are well aware that they have time to drive down the asking price.

That leaves Laziali wondering who will be drafted in for the right-back and midfield positions respectively. Recent reports suggested Julien Faubert could be taken off the hands of West Ham United. Faubert, who can play in both defence and midfield was once regarded to be talented enough for Real Madrid to take a gamble on but last season, he turned in performances that would make Luciano Zauri look like Dani Alves. Lotito and Tare have been adopting a high-risk strategy thus far and Faubert could prove to be the greatest risk going.

As for the midfielder, the focus seems to centre on Jakub Blaszczykowski who will be in action for Poland later today as Euro 2012 gets underway. Jakub's agent has made it clear that his client wants to remain with Borussia Dortmund next season in order to play Champions League football with the club but yet the media appear convinced that Lazio will try anything and everything to convince him to move south.

(Cathal Mullan)
 
 
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