With Lazio’s pre-season training camp in Auronzo di Cadore set to commence shortly, it makes sense that the Summer Transfer Window is the center of attention. The Biancocelesti have already made several bold moves in the offseason, signing a few players while also seeing others move on.
While the main interest of supporters is centred around rumours about new arrivals, there is also strong importance of focusing on potential departures; although an unpopular opinion, Francesco Acerbi, Luis Alberto, and possibly even Manuel Lazzari should be sold this summer in order to raise funds, make up for the lost capital gains on Thomas Strakosha and Luiz Felipe, and start a new cycle in Rome.
Unfortunately, Acerbi has lost the support of the majority of the Lazio fanbase and is past his prime. While he has been the lone warrior and constant wall at the back for the club since joining from Sassuolo, last season was a glimpse of a mix of his struggles to adapt to a back four and the effects of getting older. In addition, if he remains in Rome, the possibility of signing another experienced centre-back (such as Alessio Romagnoli) diminishes; it would be difficult to see him give up his starting position and no one would be convinced of joining the team if this was the case.
While Luis Alberto has experienced new life since joining Lazio, receiving the title ‘The Magician’ as a result of his terrific vision to set up plays and make key passes, his value only decreases the longer the club hold on to him. His contract expires in 2025; if the Biancocelesti fail to sell him this summer, he will walk for a minimal fee in the summer of 2024 or on a free transfer the following year. In addition, the player himself has stated that he would like to return to Spain, and his poor attitude has had management annoyed on multiple occasions, to say the least.
Lazzari – similar to Luis Alberto – is a player who holds a high value but can be considered sellable if the right offer is received. Known to be a wing-back in a 3-5-2 or 3-4-3 formation, he was the perfect player for Simone Inzaghi‘s tactics. However, under Maurizio Sarri, the player initially struggled to find his footing. To date, it is still unknown whether the manager prefers to use him as a right-winger or right-back in his 4-3-3 formation and his sale could fund a move for a natural right-back.