Roberto Donadoni was spotted yesterday visiting the sports centre at Formello, and heading over to a meeting with President Claudio Lotito. Lazio have neither confirmed nor denied Donadoni’s appointment following his appearance at the training grounds, but it appears that he is now the firm favourite to take over Edy Reja’s position at the club.
Donadoni’s current club, Parma, have been excluded from next season’s Europa League competition as they have failed to gain a Uefa license and so it looks as though the Emilia Romagna outfit will be waving goodbye to their coach as he seeks pastures new.
Nothing is off course official, but the former Azzurri coach remains one of, if not, the most viable alternative to the the vacant coaching position at Lazio. Also, with Marco Parolo’s transfer from Parma to Lazio nearly completed (according to several sources in Italy), the appointment of Donadoni is looking ever more likely as he will then likely link up with his midfield maestro again this coming season – but in Biancocelesti colours.
The purchase of Parolo has been reported as being agreed and nearly complete between the two both clubs with a transfer fee of 5.5 million Euros and a contract which will see the Italian international earn 1.1 million Euros annually. This potential purchase would add to Filip Djordjevic’s (which was confirmed in January) and Dusan Basta from Udinese, who should be confirmed over the coming days.
It is also worth noting that Gabriel Paletta has also been linked to a Roman switch, which again fuels speculation that Donadoni is perhaps the favourite to take over the reigns on the first team in Rome. The Argentinian-Italian central defender had a stand out season in 2013/14 and has been linked with several top sides in recent weeks, but if Donadoni is confirmed then Lazio fans could also well see him in a blue and white jersey next season.
The other coaching alternatives to Donadoni are Simone Inzaghi, Stefano Pioli and Massimiliano Allegri. Inzaghi is currently preparing the Primavera squad for their semi final clash with Torino so the rumours on him have cooled a bit in recent days. Pioli’s link to the vacant position has also quietened down in the past week, however Allegri continues to be linked to the Lazio hot seat and he has reportedly also held talks with Lotito this past week.