Lazio president Claudio Lotito has identified Spezia’s Vincenzo Italiano as his preferred plan B should the talks with Maurizio Sarri fail to bear fruit.

As reported by Italian newspaper Il Messaggero (via LazioNews24) earlier today, the 43-year-old Italiano is Lotito’s preferred alternative to Sarri, should the former Juventus and Napoli coach decide not to sign for the Roman club.


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The Biancocelesti have prepared a two-year contract with an option for a third year for Sarri worth around €3.5 million net per season, with add-ons linked to Champions League qualification. A meeting between the two parties is set to take place later this week.


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Should Sarri not sign with Lazio, then Lotito would look to hire Italiano instead. The Biancocelesti president met the Spezia coach yesterday and the 43-year-old will not sign a contract renewal with Spezia until the situation is resolved.

Lotito and sporting director Igli Tare appreciate that Sarri is a top option and could be a strong project in the Italian capital.