The former Bayern Munich player and German International is currently playing for VfB Stuttgart. He had said in March: “I’ve heard great things about Lazio” in an interview which had boosted the Lazio supporters’ hopes in signing the defender.
Badstuber’s career has been blighted by injury as he made just 18 Bundesliga appearances during his final four seasons at Bayern Munich. After a loan spell at Schalke 04 and a move to VfB Stuttgart this year, (two other German clubs), he has been revitalized making 28 appearances for the club and being a key part in their success the year.
After a long run in Germany, his next stop could be to the Serie A in Italy: “Abroad fascinates me,” Badstuber explained to Gazzetta della Sport. “Teams with tradition that play in Europe are very motivating, my friend [Miroslav] Klose played at Lazio, so I know about that reality. He was happy in the city, at the club, and he had a connection with the fans. I’ve heard great things about Lazio. Out of respect for Stuttgart though, with whom I’m aiming for important objectives, I won’t talk about any negotiation. I have experience and i’ve won things, but you can always improve. Serie A is ahead tactically, and defenders learn there.”
Today, news has emerged surrounding how close the deal is for the 29-year-old German
The biancocelesti club have seen Badstuber to be the right heir of Stefan De Vrij.
89 goals have crowned Lazio as the team with the best Serie A attack: a real goal factory. But as most people know, with everything that is good, there is always a negative aspect, and the negative of this story is the defending: 49 is the number of goals conceded in the Serie A TIM.
The defensive aspect will be the first department for which Lazio will have to act: De Vrij’s goodbye has put the club in the condition of having to find a quality player – reliable and experienced. The names that light the Biancocelesti transfer market are varied, but the most practicable track seems to be the one leading to the Bayern Munich man, Holger Badstuber.
The player has concluded a positive season in Stuttgart, but has no intention of renewing with the club, and he could arrive to Rome for a free transfer (contract expiring).
According to reports from La Gazzetta dello Sport, between the parties there is said to already be a ‘general agreement’ for the transfer. Despite Badstuber’s previous injury history, Tare and Lazio value the experienced defender with good heading and passing. Badstuber is also a versarile player that is able to play in different positions (defensive midfielder and center-back) – maybe Badstuber can suit as a potential Lucas Leiva sub when needed?
Simone Inzaghi has been said to like players to be able to play on different positions, but Lazio continues to look around for other options.
Would Badstuber be a good addition to the Lazio squad?
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