Lazio have secured qualification to the Champions League and now need to give Maurizio Sarri a squad capable of competing on multiple fronts.
The 10-point deduction handed to Juventus on 22 May allowed the Biancocelesti to book their tickets to Europe’s premier club competition, mathematically confirming their qualification.
Sarri has already made it clear that he expects an important summer transfer window, wanting at least four or five new players, and securing Champions League qualification gives the team more resources to work with.
Saying that, Lazio also need to make space in their squad for the new arrivals, so which three players should the Roman outfit sell this summer? To place bets on where the following three will go, make sure to visit your favourite online casino.
1 – Manuel Lazzari
When Lazzari arrived in Rome from SPAL in 2019, he seemed a perfect fit for Simone Inzaghi’s 3-5-2 system in the capital. A fast and creative wingback, it’s no secret that the 29-year-old has struggled to show his best as a right-back in Sarri’s four-man defence.
The Italian signed a new contract with Lazio back in November of last year, but in recent months has struggled to convince Sarri. With regular links to Inzaghi’s Inter, this summer may be the perfect time to sell Lazzari and find a player more suitable to Sarri’s 4-3-3 system.
While no targets have been identified, the Summer Transfer Window is sure to bring lots of speculation around the future of the Italian; especially as Lazio will look to reinforce the team with players Sarri deems fit to his formation and tactics. With Sporting Director Igli Tare on the verge of leaving Rome, whoever will replace him is sure to be on the lookout for his departure on potential replacements.
2 – Luis Maximiano
When Lazio spent €10m on Luis Maximiano last summer, it was clear that they expected him to become the new number one in Rome. Well, things clearly didn’t go to plan. The 24-year-old had a disastrous debut, being sent off after six minutes, and this has defined his time with the club.
Perceived backup Ivan Provedel took over and impressed, making the starting spot his own, which left Luis Maximiano out on the sidelines. When the Portuguese goalkeeper has featured this season, he hasn’t done enough to justify his price tag, so Lazio should really consider cutting their losses and just selling the 24-year-old in the summer.
This season, the shot-stopper has made a total of six appearances in all competitions (between Serie A, the UEFA Europa Conference League, and the Coppa Italia), conceding three goals, securing four clean sheets, and picking up a record of 3W-1D-2L.
Before making the switch to Rome, he had a fantastic season in Spain for Granada, playing in 35 matches in La Liga. Unfortunately, despite his performances, the club suffered an 18th-place finish, dooming them to relegation. He tallied up the sixth-most passes (232) amongst all goalkeepers in La Liga in 2021-22 season.
3 – Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
For years now Milinkovic-Savic has been one of the best midfielders in Serie A, growing into a true star with Lazio. Under both Inzaghi and Sarri, the Serb has shined in the Italian capital, and has regularly been the figure of transfer market rumours in recent years.
This season, it became apparent that the 28-year-old wasn’t interested in signing a new contract, wanting to leave the club this summer. With only a year left on his current deal, Lazio cannot afford to lose out on a sale in the coming months, so must find a new home for Milinkovic-Savic, even if they don’t receive as much as initially planned.
A fitting tribute to the midfielder, if he does leave, was the fact that he scored two goals to lift Lazio to a 3-2 victory over Cremonese in Matchday 37 at the Stadio Olimpico. His name was rung around the stadium and you could clearly see his happiness with helping the team secure Champions League and a likely second-place finish.