According to the latest reports from LazioLand, a recent press conference with River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo has revealed that no offers have come through for Gonzalo Martinez. This is one of the players that was reported to be in the mix to replace Felipe Anderson. It seems now that no progress has been made on that front. The likelihood that Lazio will sign Martinez within the remaining weeks is low at best.
According to laziosziamonoi.it, Gallardo said: “There are no offers for our players, so I have nothing to tell you. However, the European market ends in August, and if any club is willing to pay the release clause (€15 million) and the player wants to leave, we can’t prevent it”. One must wonder if Claudio Lotito will prepare the €15 million, or still offer the maximum of €12 million (bonuses included) he planned.
A vice for Immobile is still being sought and there may be danger of the Wesley Moraes deal falling through. According to LazioLand: “All signs coming out of the club – including snippets of info LazioLand have managed to obtain – suggest the club are moving forward in the belief Wesley Moraes could remain in Belgium for the upcoming season.”
Laziosiamonoi has released statements on Wesley as well that run somewhat counter to the claims above: “Wesley negotiations are at an advanced stage. Club Brugge started at 15 million euros, but the deal can be closed at 13 million plus bonuses, with Wesley going to Lazio on a non-EU spot.” Speculating on this, it could mean that while the talks are in advanced stages, Club Brugge does not expect Lotito to bump up to €13 million, and may be anticipating that the deal falls through.
We have reported several times that Moraes will be signed soon, and that he was expected to arrive in Auronzo. Now Laziali are left to wonder what in the world happened and hope that Igli Tare has more up his sleeve, as relying on Colombian Felipe Caicedo for another season is a less than savory option.
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