Fernando Pacheco: Lazio Eye Alaves Goalkeeper
With veteran Silvio Proto turning 37 this year, and the Biancocelesti currently not having selected his replacement from their homegrown options, they need to soon take precautions to fill the back-up position for Thomas Strakosha; one of these options is Pacheco.
A Spanish goalkeeper born in 1992, Fernando worked his way up the Real Madrid youth sides before eventually making a move to Alaves on a free transfer in 2015. Since then, he has made 178 appearances for the club, conceding 212 goals and securing 60 clean sheets.
However, with a contract expiring in 2023 and a market value around €18 million, this transfer looks to be unlikely, especially if Strakosha is to remain at the club. Pacheco will still have plenty of football left in him and anything less than a starting position would not turn his head.
Earlier this month, Salernitana’s Alessandro Micai was mentioned as a cost-effective option; he seems a much more viable option. Born in 1993, he joined the Salerno-based club in 2018 on a free transfer, following Bari’s bankruptcy. In two years, he has made 70 appearances in all competitions, conceding 99 goals and securing 15 clean sheets. This potential transfer is a result of the close relationship between Salernitana and Lazio; when the time comes for the need of another goalkeeper, he will likely be the number one candidate.