Report: Lazio target Timothy Castagne as Zappacosta alternative

Timothy Castagne of Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio
Timothy Castagne of Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio

According to what has been reported by CittaCeleste, Lazio are targeting Timothy Castagne as an alternative to Chelsea right-back Davide Zappacosta; who the Biancocelesti have been linked with in recent weeks. Chelsea are prepared to sell Zappacosta but the valuation of their Italian defender may prove to be a stumbling block for Igli Tare and Claudio Lotito – leading them to consider other options.

Castagne currently plays for fellow Serie A side Atalanta and is a natural at the right-back/right wing-back position. Castagne’s contract expires in the summer of 2020 and could therefore be available now for as little as €6-€7m, around half of the valuation of Zappacosta. Furthermore, whilst Zappacosta earns €3m per season at Chelsea, Castagne’s wage demands would be much less and Lazio could tie him to a contract for around €1m per season.

Igli Tare has reportedly had his eye on Castagne since the Belgian’s days in his home country with Genk; whilst the pressure on Lazio to sign a right-back increases. Adam Marusic will miss the games against Napoli and Juventus through suspension and therefore the Biancocelesti must act quick to help resolve their issues.

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