Lazio has hit the midway point of their 2020-21 season. The second half will see the Italian side take on FC Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 and try and get back into the top four race in Serie A.
However, all those storylines could play second fiddle to the ongoing contract talks between manager Simone Inzaghi and Claudio Lotito, Lazio’s Owner and President. Inzaghi’s contract expires in June, and after that, the Italian manager can go anywhere he pleases for his next job.
As it stands, both sides have had talked about an extension, with the first reported offer from Lazio being a one-year extension with a €2 million salary plus bonuses. However, Inzaghi rejected the initial offer. As a result, Lotito is now working on a new proposal, according to Radiosei (via La Lazio Siamo Noi).
The Italian media outlet reports that Lazio will raise their salary offer to €2.3 million with a rich Champions League bonus. Nonetheless, the offer is reportedly still too low for Inzaghi, considering the manager has won trophies and led Lazio back to the Champions League after a 13-year hiatus.
Inzaghi wants to be paid like one of the top managers in Serie A. However, Lotito doesn’t seem to be wanting to meet those demands. The Lazio Owner and President points towards the collapse they had in their Serie A return and their sluggish start to the 2020-21 season as to why he’s hesitant to meet those financial requests.