Elseid Hysaj may leave Lazio this summer after a disappointing season in Rome and Pisa talent Samuele Birindelli could be brought in to replace him.
The 28-year-old Albanian full back joined the Biancocelesti last summer on a free transfer, signing a four-year contract and reuniting with coach Maurizio Sarri. Things didn’t go to plan for Hysaj, who often failed to impress, leading to limited minutes in the latter half of the season.
As reported by Corriere dello Sport (via La Lazio Siamo Noi), Lazio are now considering what to do with Hysaj as they line up a possible replacement in Birindelli. The 22-year-old Italian talent impressed last season for Pisa, playing as both a left and right back.
The son of former Juventus full back Alessandro Birindelli, the 22-year-old Samuele is tactically flexible and affordable, costing only around €4-5 million.
Sassuolo and Hellas Verona are also reportedly keen to pick up Birindelli this summer, so Lazio will have to work hard to beat out their competition.
I don’t think any Lazio fan would be particularly sad to see the back of Hysaj this summer; the former Napoli man looked incredibly unconvincing in the back-line and an adapted Adam Marusic easily outperformed the Albanian.
Birindelli seems like an exciting prospect and he did play well for Pisa this season, but it’s probably a little early to immediately give him the starting spot in Rome should he arrive this summer. With Lazio looking to rejuvenate the squad, however, players like Birindelli are exactly who the club should be focusing on.