While Lazio are unlikely to make any major signings in the upcoming January transfer window, the club are keen to tie down a number of stars to new contracts.
The Biancocelesti have looked strong under Maurizio Sarri and grown into a formidable force in the Italian coach’s second season, impressing domestically with their quick attacking play and hard-to-beat defence. Clear hierarchies have started to emerge in the Italian capital and Sarri has confirmed to the club’s management which players he’s keen to retain in the coming months.
As the World Cup 2022 Betting Offers has now come to a conclusion, Lazio are gearing up for the second half of the 2022-23 season. So which players will likely sign new contracts in the near future?
1 – Danilo Cataldi
When Lucas Leiva departed in the summer, many expected new signing Marcos Antonio to take over from the Brazilian veteran, but hometown hero Cataldi emerged as an impressive defensive midfielder.
The 28-year-old has not disappointed Sarri playing as the holding midfielder in Rome, playing a vital role in build-up and helping link the club’s defence and midfield. With only 18 months left on his deal in the Italian capital, Lazio are keen to lock down their youth product with a new long-term contract.
2 – Luka Romero
The 18-year-old Argentinian forward, who became the youngest-ever La Liga debutant in June 2020, has continued to show off his potential in Rome since joining the club last year. He has made a handful of appearances under Sarri and shown positive signs for the first team, making him an incredibly exciting prospect.
Only six months remain on Luka Romero’s current contract with Lazio and the club are working hard to agree a new long-term deal with the talented teenager, hoping he’ll put pen to paper before the end of January.
3 – Felipe Anderson
No player is more frustrating in the Lazio squad than Felipe Anderson. The Brazilian winger is sometimes the best player on the pitch for the Biancocelesti, flying up and down the right wing, but other times the 29-year-old gets caught up in the waves of inconsistency.
Despite his struggles to consistently show his best, Felipe Anderson is a hard-working and talented option up front and the Roman outfit are keen to lock him down for the coming years.
4 – Pedro
The 2010 World Cup winner joined Lazio on a free transfer last year after agreeing to a contract termination with Roma, adding an experienced and reliable player to Sarri’s squad. A top professional, Pedro has been an important role model for the younger players in the team and has fit perfectly in the 4-3-3 system, overjoying the Italian coach.
Pedro signed a two-year deal when he joined Lazio 14 months ago and the club have no intention of losing him when his contract expires in the summer, so he’ll likely put pen to paper on a new agreement in the coming weeks.
5 – Sergej Milinkovic-Savic?
No player generates more transfer market noise in the Lazio squad than Milinkovic-Savic, who is constantly linked to top clubs around Europe like Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Juventus. Although Serbia exited the World Cup in the group stages, the 27-year-old was still able to show glimpses of his best on the world stage, further putting him in the limelight.
Lazio do not want to sell Milinkovic-Savic in the coming months and have long been desperate to extend his current contract, which expires in June 2024. Negotiations between the club and his agent Mateja Kezman will kick into full swing next month and there’s still hope in Rome that he’ll pen a new deal, which could still contain a release clause.