Luiz Felipe: Lazio Working on New Contract for Brazilian Defender

Luiz Felipe, Source- Media Referee
Luiz Felipe, Source- Media Referee

According to what has been reported by Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, after the near-confirmation of the renewal of Luis Alberto, and following news of extensions for Ciro Immobile, Joaquin Correa and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Lazio are lining up their next major renewal; this is for Brazilian center-back Luiz Felipe.

The defender has become an important part of the Biancocelesti set-up, flourishing in defense and even, as per reports from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo in April 2020, attracting the interest of La Liga giants Barcelona. However, the Brazilian looks destined to stay in Rome and, at the age of just 23, has the potential to continue his development with Lazio.

Luiz Felipe joined Lazio from Brazilian Serie D outfit Ituano in 2016, before being immediately moved out on loan to Salernitana for the 2016/17 season. There, he played seven times and scored once and was expected to slowly integrate into the Lazio first team. However, injuries in the 17/18 season meant that there was space for the Brazilian to fight his way into the team and due to strong performances, he finished the Serie A campaign having played 18 times, with a further nine appearances in the UEFA Europa League.

Luiz Felipe’s current contract with Lazio expires in 2022, with Corriere dello Sport reporting that the idea is to extend his deal by another two years, keeping him in the Italian capital until at least 2024, therefore, fighting off any potential interest from sides keen on signing him. Furthermore, it is reported that this new deal will see a substantial pay rise for the Brazilian whilst also including a release clause, similar to the renewal of Joaquin Correa.

All signs point towards Lazio reinforcing the side for the future, eager to keep all of the top stars in place to avoid situations such as the loss of Stefan de Vrij, who was allowed to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of his contract to join Inter.