Lazio and Roma Miss Out on Bodo/Glimt Striker Botheim

Roma and especially Lazio chased after Erik Botheim in the last few months. But the Norweigian striker will not move to Italy. Bodo/Glimt have accepted a €5M offer from Krasnodar. The deal is one step away from being finalized, Corriere dello Sport reports.

The starlet impressed Roma in two European Conference League clashes, where he scored three times. However, they were eyeing him before their latest tactical shift. José Mourinho has now found his go-to duo up front, Tammy Abraham and Nicolò Zaniolo. Borja Mayoral has shown signs of improvement and could stay as a backup, joining Eldor Shomurodov and Felix Afena-Gyan in that regard.

On the other hand, Lazio are trying to offload Vedat Muriqi and were keener on Botheim. However, their interest were mostly preliminary, and they never engaged in a real negotiation with Bodo/Glimt, the newspaper adds. The Biancocelesti would like to bring in a reliable reserve for Ciro Immobile, who has had to deal with more physical problems than in the past.

Their budget is not sizeable and they are looking to add somebody on loan. Kevin Lasagna is high on their list. Verona could let him go considering the blossoming of Giovanni Simeone, although the two have featured together recently. Lazio have also been linked to Francesco Caputo, but he has already played for two teams, Sassuolo and Sampdoria, this season. Some believe the new post-pandemic rules could allow him to feature for a third one simply by paying a fine, but it is not certain.