A Changing Squad …
With the season approaching Lazio’s squad is starting to take shape, Europa League qualification will mean that the team needs to be strengthened.
2010/11, was a good season for the Biancocelesti - making players want to join the club but on a negative note it means that other clubs have started to show interest in some of the side.
Making the Move …
Whilst nobody has left to date, it is expected that Stephan Lichtsteiner will move to Juventus in the near future once a figure is agreed, and Fernando Muslera is likely to join Galatasaray.
The Uruguayan followed up an excellent World Cup with a very good Serie A campaign. With only a year left on his contact, Muslera has failed to agree new terms with Claudio Lotito. This has led the club’s owner to looking to cash in rather than risk losing him on a free next season.
It is unclear whether Pasquale Foggia will still be at the club at the start of next season, he could head north to Cesena. They are believed to be admirers but they may struggle to match his wages.
New Blood …
The signing of Miroslav Klose signalled Lazio’s intent as a club that wants to continue to build. At 33, the German international still has a lot to offer - For the national team he has an excellent scoring rate of 61 goals in 109 games.
After four seasons with Bayern Munich Klose is ready for a new challenge and sees that in the Italian capital with Lazio - there were other big clubs from around Europe after him, but after meeting with the management he opted to become an Eagle.
Bosnian defender Senad Lulic signed a five-year contract with the club, having moved from Swiss club Young Boys for around €3 million. He has been compared to former Lazio player Aleksandar Kolarov who made a big money move to Manchester City last summer.
With Muslera leaving, a new goalkeeper is needed - The replacement is thought to be Federico Marchetti, who has fallen out of favour at his current club Cagliari having had a transfer request turned down.
Whilst a fee is yet to be agreed, Marchetti is first choice to become Lazio’s number one. The former Italian international would be an excellent choice, before being frozen out by the Cagliari hierarchy he had impressed so much that he was picked to represent Italy in South Africa.
Claudio Lotito and Edy Reja are chasing Genoa’s Abdoulay Konko as a replacement for the departing Lichtsteiner, but there could be issues over the defender’s wage demands.
There are also ongoing talks with Panathinaikos, over a move for ex-Liverpool striker Djibril Cissè. The French international has scored 47 league goals in 60 games in the Greek league and would make a good signing.
Going Nowhere …
Some excellent news is that Stefan Radu signed a new five-year contract on the 17th June, which will fend off any interest and put an end to speculation that the Romanain wants a move away.
Stand-in skipper Stefano Mauri has stated that he wants to stay at the club even though there has been speculation linking him with a transfer to big spending Russian club Zenit St Petersburg where ex-Roma boss Luciano Spalletti is in charge.
News that will delight Lazio fans all over the World is that Mauro Zarate has stated his intention to stay at the club, whilst last season was not his best there were still rumours that the Argentine would be leaving but he seems happy at the club.
The season ahead is likely to be an exciting one, the new look side will be hoping to take the next step towards Champions League football and having a good run in the Europa League.