January 31st is quickly approaching and Lazio are yet to unblock their liquidity index to purchase new players.
As has been the case since the beginning of the transfer window, Lazio have to sell players to be able to add any reinforcements due to liquidity index. Owner and President Claudio Lotito has made it clear from the start that he does not intend to use anything from his own wallet to solve this issue; it must be resolved by Sporting Director Igli Tare‘s work in finding new homes for the players who are outside of Maurizio Sarri‘s project.
This problem has stemmed from the failed transfers of the past three years; the likes of Riza Durmisi, Mohamed Fares, Denis Vavro, and Vedat Muriqi who all cost the club a significant fee to sign and pay yearly, but have never been able to fit into the first team. As a result, they have had their valuations drop drastically and Tare has struggled to find new permanent homes for them. When a club like Lazio, who buys an expensive player every three years, fails to scout properly, this affects the club massively.
With just a few days remaining until the transfer window closes, Lazio still has not sold a single player and therefore has not been able to purchase a player. All the club has done is loan out various players (such as Alessandro Rossi, Jordan Lukaku, Gonzalo Escalante, Momahed Fares, and Vavro) on short-term deals. However, this does not benefit the club in any way, shape, or form, as they do not have buy obligations attached; just buy options, which are unlikely to be used.
All Tare has done this transfer window is postpone the problems that the club faces; we will face the same issues this Summer and in the following Winter. The disappointment among Lazio fans is enormous and demands for the Albanian Sporting Director to resign are loud in both Rome and on social media…