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  12/03/2014: Lazio court Pitroipa
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In recent days, Claudio Lotito has been quite bullish in the media, insisting that Lazio will invest this summer. Despite claiming he could not comment on the market at this moment in time, he hinted that Filip Djordjevic would join Lazio in the summer.

Despite the emergence of Keita Balde Diao and the impressive form of Joseph Minala in the Primavera, La Repubblica claim that the Rennes midfielder and Burkina Faso international Jonathan Pitroipa is on Lazio's shortlist. Pitroipa has had a poor season at Rennes, who are struggling to stay clear of the relegation zone, but his career was on an upward trajectory until recently. 

Pitroipa would be familiar to Director of Sport Igli Tare, having started his career in Germany - including a spell with Europa League semi-finalists of 2009 and 2010 -Hamburg SV. He moved to Rennes in 2011 where he became a leading figure in the team. 

Pitroipa has a big game reputation. He led the tiny nation of Burkina Faso to the African Cup of Nations final in 2013, where they were defeated by Ogenyi Onazi's Nigeria. Pitroipa was named the player of the tournament and was nominated for the BBC's African Footballer of the Year award later in the year.

According to Transfermarkt, Pitroipa has a market value of four million euro. With only a year left to run on his existing deal and taking Rennes' poor form into consideration, Lazio may be able to get him for less than that.
Author: Cathal Mullan
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