Jony’s overall performance in the 2019/20 season was positive, especially for the jump in responsibility that he had, in a position that he was not used to.
Having shown that he is capable of playing well for an important club, it is true that several Spanish teams have taken stock of his situation.
Jony joined Lazio from Spanish side Málaga CF (for ~€1.5 million) in 2019 on a four-year deal (until 30.06.2023). Since then, he has made 32 appearances in all competitions (Serie A, Coppa Italia, UEFA Europa League), providing four assists.
Despite the ample amount of opportunity, the Spanish left-winger has not convinced President Claudio Lotito, Sporting Director Igli Tare, or Manager Simone Inzaghi (in addition to the Lazio faithful). As a result, he is considered sellable and has been placed on the market.
According to La Lazio Siamo Noi, Club Atlético Osasuna and Deportivo Alavés (which he played with during the 2018/19 season on loan prior to joining the Biancocelesti) are said to be interested in signing him this summer; Osasuna have even contacted the winger’s Agency (You First Sports) already to discuss the feasibility of the possible transfer.
Although acquired for a minimal amount, signing the Spanish winger was always going to be a risk, especially considering his age and lack of experience playing abroad. While many were hoping that he would be the successor to veteran Senad Lulic, he failed to show what he is truly capable of; possibly due to his timid personality and/or a position change from playing as a left-winger to a left wing-back.
While Jony is valued at €7 million, this amount is negotiable; Lazio are said to be willing to offload him for a low as €4-5 million. In any situation, if he is indeed sold, the Biancocelesti will experience an important capital gain.