Lazio are unlikely to make Jovane Cabral’s stay in the Italian capital permanent following an unconvincing loan move.
The 23-year-old Cape Verdean winger joined the Biancocelesti on a six-month loan deal with an €8 million buy option back in the January transfer window from Sporting, being the only true reinforcement of the month for Maurizio Sarri.
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As reported by Il Tempo (via LazioNews24), Lazio don’t seem willing to pay €8 million to keep Jovane following an unconvincing start in Rome. He has only played 72 minutes of action so far and isn’t suitable to play as a backup to Ciro Immobile.
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Lazio could become stuck with him, however. The deal could become mandatory should Cabral collect at least 10 appearances of 45 minutes each.
His addition in January was a little strange following the departure of Vedat Muriqi, as it was clear that Lazio needed a new centre forward to provide Immobile with some cover. The arrival of a winger puzzled fans and Sarri alike.