Vedat Muriqi was one of the stars in the Mallorca squad as they managed to avoid relegation and now they’ve opened talks to sign the Lazio loanee.
The 28-year-old Kosovan forward joined the Spanish side on a €1 million loan deal with a €12 million buy option attached back in the January transfer window, and hopes were not particularly high; Muriqi had only scored two goals in 49 appearances for Lazio and Mallorca had never spent €12 million on a single deal in their history before.
As reported by Il Diario de Mallorca (via La Lazio Siamo Noi), Mallorca have started negotiations with Lazio as they look to keep Muriqi. They’re hoping to obtain a slight discount in order to make a deal more accessible and it’s hard to imagine the Biancocelesti refusing this.
Lazio are ready to give up on Muriqi and so they’re open to all offers currently. The Kosovan forward became a fan favourite in Mallorca due to his important contributions in their work to avoid suffering relegation; he netted five goals and provided three assists in 16 La Liga appearances this campaign, including a winner against Atletico Madrid.
As long as Mallorca offer at least €5 million, Lazio should absolutely sell Muriqi this summer. Clearly he’s more comfortable in Spain and there’s nothing wrong with cutting your losses at this point.
It’s hard to explain why Muriqi struggled so much in Rome under both Simone Inzaghi and Maurizio Sarri, but it’s seemingly too late for him in the Italian capital now, so it’s time to move on.