A historical giant in Italy, Lazio is the second most popular football club in the city of Rome. Managed by respected coach Maurizio Sarri, Lazio enjoyed a mildly successful 2021/2022 season in the Italian Serie A and cup competitions.
While they will not be participating in the coming season’s Champions League final, Lazio fans are hoping their team can put on an excellent show for their supporters. The Italian capital club will have to invest in their squad if they are to improve on last season’s performances.
Below is a roundup of the latest transfer rumours surrounding Lazio, including the most likely players that will come into the club and depart.
As Lazio and other clubs analyze their performances in 2021-2022 and look forward to 2022-2023, coach Maurizio Sarri admitted that completing transfers will be a challenge. The former Chelsea manager believes that all teams are struggling in the transfer market this summer, due to numerous factors.
Most European teams are in a healthy state financially, which means that any bids for players can be rejected, as very few teams are strapped for cash. Prices are inflated, which means that even a substantial summer budget may only result in two or three signings for the team.
One way that many clubs, including Lazio, boost their transfer budgets is by selling players who have a lot of value. They can then use those funds to improve in several areas by signing cheaper, younger players from other leagues.
A Deal for Alessio Romagnoli?
Lazio is working hard to sign a new central defender this summer. The capital club hopes to secure AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli on a free transfer.
The Italian, who has been at Milan since he moved from Lazio’s rivals Roma in 2015, was out of the starting line-up for much of last season. Despite being Milan’s club captain, Romagnoli fell out of favor under coach Stefano Pioli.
With Milan winning the Scudetto last term, Romagnoli knew that his first-team chances would not improve in the next campaign. Rather than renewing with Milan, he has decided to leave the club this summer on the expiry of his contract.
Lazio is the team with the strongest interest in Romagnoli throughout Europe, which means a deal may only be a matter of time. However, English teams have also been linked to the center-back, which means Lazio will have to act quickly to secure his signature.
A Midfield Departure?
One player who may not be wearing the light blue colours next season is Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The central midfielder is by far the most expensive and valued member of the squad at present.
While Milinkovic-Savic is seen as someone who can win games for Lazio, he also has a very high value in the transfer market. That is leading the club to consider selling him, specifically to a Premier League team.
The strongest interest in the central midfielder is currently coming from Chelsea. The Stamford Bridge club wants to make several big-money signings this summer and may see Milinkovic-Savic who can give them an extra dimension in midfield. The midfielder is also linked to Manchester United.
A move could be even more likely if Chelsea include their midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the deal. He is someone who Lazio coach Sarri admires greatly.
A Late Scramble
Much like other teams around Europe, Lazio is set to scramble in the latter weeks of the transfer window. European sides can make transfer moves and register players before the end of August, which means most deals end up taking place in the last week or two of August.
As Lazio looks to raise money from one or two sales and hopes to improve the quality of their first team, they will likely see how far their funds can go with strategic transfer moves this summer. After the free signing of Romagnoli, they are hoping to add a midfielder and one or two defenders to their squad as well.
Is a Top Four Serie A Finish Possible?
Finishing fifth in Serie A last season was a disappointment for Lazio supporters and the club as a whole. They were competitive throughout the season and gave themselves an excellent chance of finishing in the top four.
However, Maurizio Sarri’s team was unable to succeed at the final hurdle. They missed out on a place in the Champions League. Supporters will be hoping they can make intelligent transfer moves to improve their position relative to the likes of AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, and Napoli.
If some of the above transfer rumours come to fruition, Lazio fans may be able to enjoy a very successful 2022/2023 season.