According to Radiosei, Lazio are interested in signing Sassuolo’s 33-year-old goalkeeper Andrea Consigli to be Thomas Strakosha’s backup. Despite having a contract with the Neroverdi until 2022, the Italian is said to dream of winning trophies; as long as he is guaranteed playtime every so often, he would approve of the transfer. However, the primary issue would be reaching an agreement with the Emilia-Romagna based side, who Consigli has been with since 2014.
Lazio’s hunt for a second goalkeeper is a result of Silvio Proto looking likely to leave the club this summer, with a potential return to his home country of Belgium on the cards. In fact, Proto would reportedly wish to re-join his former club Anderlecht, where he spent a total of 11 years between 2005 and 2016.
Proto joined Anderlecht from AA La Louviere in July 2005 for a fee of around €1.5 million, before eventually moving to fellow Belgian outfit KV Oostende in the summer of 2016. After spending a season with Oostende, Proto joined Greek Super League outfit Olympiacos on a free, where he spent a year before joining the Biancocelesti in July 2019, once again on a free transfer.
Proto’s contract with Lazio expires in 2021 and there is next-to-no chance of the club renewing his deal, as the Belgian has not featured frequently for the club and reportedly has not convinced the management of his abilities as a vice-Strakosha. Proto would like to return to Anderlecht to finish his career and could move as early as this summer, with Lazio offloading the goalkeeper to make way for a replacement that could very well turn out to be Consigli.