Inter and Lazio Begin Negotiating for Veteran Defender

Francesco Acerbi has proven to be an indispensable piece for Inter after joining on a loan move from Lazio on deadline day. He was a direct request by Simone Inzaghi, who had coached him in the Italian capital. He eventually unseated Stefan De Vrij and has appeared 46 times so far, rarely even missing a match.

Per Tuttomercatoweb, the two sides have started haggling through the mediation of his agent Federico Pastorello. The Nerazzurri hold a €4M option to buy him out, but they consider it too high. In any case, the defender won’t be back in Rome considering his turbulent exit.

In the early talks, Inter suggested acquiring Acerbi from Lazio on a free move with a €1.5M bonus tied to an easily achievable team objective. They used this exact same formula to sign Edin Dzeko from Roma in the past.

Biancocelesti president Claudio Lotito wasn’t enticed by the proposal. While he’ll try to get the full amount of the current clause first, he could settle for €1.5M right away with no strings attached. Once the two sides come to terms, the center-back will ink a two-year contract. He has already struck a deal with La Beneamata on personal terms.

Our Take on Acerbi, Inter, and Lazio

His stint has exceeded even the rosiest expectations. He bounced back big time thanks to the fact that he resumed featuring in a three-man rearguard. It might take some bargaining, but he will stay stay, especially because Inzaghi is largely expected to remain at the helm. The more difficult task for the Nerazzurri will be to find somebody similar on the right-hand side of the defense to replace Milan Skriniar.

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