As reported by Italian radio broadcaster Radiosei (via La Lazio Siamo Noi) earlier today, the French football federation have relegated Bordeaux for financial reasons, with the club already preparing various appeals to retain their spot in the French topflight.
Should their relegation be confirmed, Basic would be allowed to leave on a free transfer, as there is a clause in his contract that would release him in the event of relegation.
This may take a little while, though, and so Lazio may still look to purchase the 24-year-old Croatian midfielder. Bordeaux were asking for €10 million, a little above sporting director Igli Tare’s offer of €6 million plus €1.5 million in add-ons, but this request could be lowered now due to the situation.
Tare will meet with president Claudio Lotito today to take shape of the transfer market and the situation surround various targets, with Basic certainly being an area of discussion. The Croatian has already agreed personal terms with the club as well, further facilitating a deal.
Lazio will talk with Bordeaux again soon, with the Biancocelesti hoping to close out the deal for the player before the start of the pre-season training camp on 10th July.