Lazio are closely monitoring Sporting midfielder Hidemasa Morita, who impressed with Japan at the World Cup in Qatar.
The 27-year-old played almost every available minute of Japan’s World Cup campaign, only being rested for the opening game against Germany. A right-footed midfielder, Morita showed off his clever reading of the game, his dynamism and passing ability in his three outings in Qatar.
As reported by La Lazio Siamo Noi, Morita was highlighted to Lazio by various intermediaries and the club have started keeping a close eye on the 27-year-old, who joined Sporting in the summer in a deal worth around €3.8 million.
The Biancocelesti currently rely on Danilo Cataldi and Marcos Antonio in their defensive midfielder role, but the Brazilian is struggling to adapt to Maurizio Sarri’s system in the Italian capital.
Should Marcos Antonio’s issues with the Lazio system continue in the second half of this season, a move could be made for Morita in the summer. The Sporting midfielder would likely cost around €10 million.
Another interesting element to this is the Japanese midfielder’s relationship with Mizuno, who became Lazio’s kit suppliers earlier this year. The 27-year-old works closely with the sporting suppliers and a deal could also have commercial benefits.