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  02/01/2015: Confusion over potential Doria deal
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It may be a new year, but it is the same old same old for Lazio. A defender is required in January and in recent days, the speculation has been honed in on Marseille's Brazilian centre-back Doria.

Doria was linked with Lazio in the summer. The Roman club were in desperate need of a left centre-back and the 20 year-old Brazilian's name was mentioned frequently, but in truth, Doria was never in our price range as Marseille secured his signature for 10 million euro.

Marseille were delighted with themselves, but their maverick manager Marcelo Bielsa was not best pleased. He wanted Toby Alderweireld, who ultimately ended up at Southampton, and the Argentine coach has flat out refused to play Doria in protest at the decision. 

As a result, one of the most talented centre-backs in world football is up for grabs. He was linked with a return to Brazil with Sao Paulo, but the Brazilian club put that rumour to bed by suggesting Rome as a possible destination.

The media were quick to suggest a loan transfer to Lazio was imminent, but Director of Sport Igli Tare denied everything, although that is now being interpreted as an attempt to play down expectations more than anything else.

Since then, representatives of Doria have backed up Tare's denial by claiming the most likely destination for the Brazilian this January is Verona, with Hellas.

There has been another twist in the tale, however. Now Doria's agent is claiming that he has received an offer from Lazio and that a decision lies in Marseille's hands.

It could be a long month.


Author: Cathal Mullan
 
 
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