Everything has changed quickly for Jovane Cabral, who could now stay with Lazio after a fairly unconvincing six months in Rome.
The 23-year-old Cape Verdean winger joined the Biancocelesti on a six-month loan deal with a buy option attached back in the January transfer window, being the only real reinforcement for Maurizio Sarri. He hardly featured after arriving, only making three Serie A appearances, but his stay in Rome could be extended.
As reported by Alfredo Pedulla, Lazio have started to change their mind about Jovane Cabral following his solid performance in the final game of the season against Hellas Verona, where he scored a vital goal. His buy option is only €4-5 million, making a deal for the Sporting CP man very accessible.
The Roman club are now seriously considering the idea of activating this buy option, giving Sarri a low-cost reinforcement who has already started to understand the system. It was previously reported that the buy option sat closer to €8 million.
The fact that Jovane Cabral’s buy option is essentially half of what was expected has caused many to reconsider their position regarding a permanent deal. Let’s be honest, he showed little of note during his six months on loan, but that final performance does show signs of quality.
Clearly the initial move was difficult for both parties; Sarri wanted a backup centre forward and was instead given a winger, something he has significantly less need for. However, the false nine idea could prove fruitful and Jovane Cabral’s performance against Hellas Verona hints at this, with his goal ultimately proving key in the 5th place finish in the league.
I wouldn’t be too surprised now if Lazio did permanently sign the 23-year-old and I’d personally be willing to give him another chance following a fairly anonymous start to life in the Italian capital.