As reported by Italian newspaper Il Messaggero (via LazioNews24) earlier today, the Biancocelesti are willing to sell the 28-year-old Argentinian midfielder as they’re looking to generate cash in order to resolve their liquidity ratio issue, which is blocking them from making any signings.
Marseille and Valencia are both keen, but they would like to sign him on a loan deal with a buy option attached, set at around €7 million.
Lazio, however, would prefer to cash in immediately, and so developments are expected over the coming weeks.
The 28-year-old Escalante, who is contracted to the Biancocelesti until 2024, made 24 Serie A appearances last season, for a total of 716 minutes. In that time, he provided one assist, making only four league starts as he played second fiddle to Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva.
Escalante was signed on a free transfer last year and so his sale this summer would represent a strong piece of business.