The loan deal taking Francesco Acerbi from Lazio to Inter is at risk of collapse as Nerazzurri president Steven Zhang has some doubts.
A total agreement had been reached between the two clubs over the last few days, a loan deal with a buy option attached where Inter would pay the entirety of his €2.1m net per season salary, with Acerbi agreeing to waive his July and August wages. The only things missing to complete the transfer were the medicals and the contract signing.
As detailed by Corriere dello Sport (via LazioNews24), Inter president Steven Zhang has slammed the breaks on a possible deal, unconvinced by the Acerbi acquisition due to his desire to lower the club’s wage bill, which had to be cut by 10-15%. Unneeded players like Lucien Agoume and Eddie Salcedo have still not been re-homed yet, adding extra weight to the wage bill.
Inter’s management will try to convince Zhang of the deal, underlining that Acerbi wasn’t their first choice but that a low-cost reliable defensive option was needed.