According to Italian Football Reporters Gianluca Di Marzio, Fabrizio Romano, and Manuele Baiocchini of Sky Sport, Fenerbahçe S.K. striker Vedat Muriqi to Lazio is a done deal. The Italian Serie A club and Turkish Süper Lig side have reached a total agreement over the Kosovo international’s transfer after several months of negotiations; they are currently exchanging documents to finalize the deal.
The Biancocelesti will pay a fee of €17.5 million for the 26-year-old (in addition to a possible €1.5 million in bonuses); both parties also agreed on the inclusion of a clause by which The Yellow Canaries will receive a further cash sum if (or when) he is sold by Lazio in the future (5% of his sale price).
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 this summer were 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 the striker’s former club – Çaykur Rizespor Kulübü – will receive 15% of the profit from his sale to Lazio. This was a clause inserted into his contract when he signed for Fenerbahçe in the summer of 2019.