Recent reports have again linked Lazio striker Ciro Immobile with a move to Saudi Arabia in the coming months.
The 33-year-old Biancocelesti captain was a target of Al-Shabab, who had drawn up a two-year offer worth €35 million net. The club are not one of the four backed by sovereign wealth fund PIF, and they failed in their attempts to secure government funding for the transfer.
Immobile stayed with Lazio and has not started the new season well, managing just two goals in 679 minutes of action across nine appearances, leading to criticism from supporters and pundits. Some are now asking to see greater usage of new signing Valentin Castellanos.
As reported by Il Messaggero (via LazioNews24), other Saudi clubs are now interested in making a move for Immobile in the January transfer window, but it won’t be easy to secure the Lazio captain.
Club president Claudio Lotito would only be willing to listen to offers worth close to €50 million, an incredibly high fee when looking at the strategy of Saudi clubs in the summer transfer window, which was focused on lucrative player contracts and cheaper offers to teams.