Summer time is getting close, and as every year, the excitement of the transfer rumours and reports in Italian media nearly outweighs the challenges of the championship.
After the rumours linking Gilardino and the declaration of Maxi Lopez's agent, reports now suggest that Lazio are after Abel Hernandez, Palermo's hitman. It comes as a no surprise to see Lazio linked with a striker, as the biancoceleste are in dire need of strengthening their firepower upfront.
Lazio are reported to have taken the advantage of playing Catania in Sicily to check the situation regarding Silvestre (Catania's defender), and Hernandez from the other side of Sicily (Palermo striker). The positive thing is the fact that Ledesma and Hernandez have the same agent, which could ease the negotiation, as now the relationship between Ledesma and Lazio have improved a lot after the legal battles between them last season. The other catalyst is the fact that Lazio have two Uruguayan players that could make Abel feel at home.
Abel is reported to want to leave Palermo as he has received jeers from his own fans, and his house had been robbed earlier this season, and a move to Lazio who are after Champions League football is more than appealing.
Abel is 21 years old, and has been bought by Palermo for 3.7 million euros, but his price has since gone up after his performances and it is estimated to be something in the range of 15 million euros.
A possible obstacle would be the relationship between Lotito and Zamparini which is all but perfect. But a good deal could be enough to move over that blockade.
However, Lalaziosiamonoi.it spoke with Hernandez's agent and he denied any contact with Lazio concerning his client.
Lazio are reportedly also after Cana and Corrillo, and Igle Tare confirmed this in his latest interview. But all will depend on Lazio's qualification to the champions league as to be able to bring much needed reinforcements in the world of football requires a reinforcement in the coffers of the club.