According to Radiosei, Lazio are working diligently to close the deal for Hellas Verona youngster Marash Kumbulla. 

As it stands, the Biancocelesti have already found an agreement over personal terms with the footballer (five-year contract with an annual salary of €1.5 million). 

While it was originally reported that Lazio President Claudio Lotito presented an offer to the Gialloblu that included €18 millionCristiano Lombardi, and one of Fabio Maistro or Wallace, this seemed to be incorrect. The Biancocelesti actually offered €20 million and one player, which Radiosei has now confirmed to be 20-year-old Brazilian attacker André Anderson.

As Anderson is valued at €7-8 million, thus bringing the total value of Lazio’s offer to €27-28 million, many had thought that Hellas Verona President Maurizio Setti would accept the deal. However, as he values Kumbulla at €30 million – and is keen on not moving from that amount – he declined; if Lotito wishes to see the Albanian defender transfer to Rome this summer, an additional €2-3 million must be offered to convince Setti.

Contacts between the two clubs continue to occur; Lazio hopes to close the deal soon to prevent him from joining any other Italian side.