According to Italian Football Reporter Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sport, the deal between Lazio and Fenerbahçe S.K. for the transfer of Vedat Muriqi is nearing its end. This news comes just one day after the club had reportedly sent an intermediary to Istanbul (to work on finding an agreement with the Turkish Süper Lig side). The Biancocelesti will pay a fee of €19 million (€16 million + €3 million in bonuses), while the Kosovo international will sign a five-year deal worth €2.5 million (including bonuses) per season.
Muriqi has long been a target of Lazio; especially Sporting Director Igli Tare. While a loan offer was made in early 2020, it was declined by Fenerbahçe. However, as the Turkish club’s financial situation is the poorest it has been it quite some time, and as Lazio have secured UEFA Champions League football for the 2020/21 season, the Biancocelesti’s chances at signing the striker are higher than ever.
Muriqi made 36 appearances in all competitions (Turkish Süper Lig and Türkiye Kupasi) this past 2019/20 season for Fenerbahçe. He scored 17 goals and provided seven assists in 2939 minutes of play (an average of 173 minutes per goal).
It is important to note that if (and when) Muriqi is sold, his former club Çaykur Rizespor Kulübü will receive 15% of the profit – not 15% of the sale price. This was a clause inserted into his contract when he signed for Fenerbahçe in the summer of 2019