Lazio have reportedly made a new offer to Sampdoria for veteran striker Francesco Caputo.
The 34-year-old Italian forward has been identified by coach Maurizio Sarri as the perfect backup option for Ciro Immobile, seeming like a great fit for the 4-3-3 system in Rome. Caputo had a good season in Liguria, netting 11 goals and providing seven assists in 38 Serie A appearances this season.
As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport (via LazioNews24), Lazio’s first offer to Sampdoria was around €1.5 million but this was considered too low for Caputo, so the Roman club have improved their bid now, offering a deal worth around €2.5 million.
Talks are expected to continue this week and updates could arrive soon, with the Biancocelesti’s summer transfer market finally kicking off after a slow few weeks. The first signing of the summer will be Brazilian midfielder Marcos Antonio, who underwent his medicals with the club yesterday, and Caputo could be the second arrival for Lazio.
Lazio need to pickup a new backup forward this summer after Vedat Muriqi failed to convince Sarri. The Kosovan forward was sent to RCD Mallorca on loan in January and no replacement was brought in, forcing the Italian coach to adapt a winger into a false nine when Immobile required rest.