Lazio Chasing After Highly Touted Santos Young Striker

Lazio have gotten off to a slow start on the transfer market but have stepped up their efforts to acquire Marcos Leonardo from Santos to deputize Ciro Immobile lately. The Biancocelesti have been looking for the right player for multiple windows.

According to TuttoSport, they are ready to offer €12M for the prodigy. The sum comes close to his team’s request. Several other European teams are eyeing him. However, they were the first to move with conviction to acquire him. The Brazilian club’s president Andrés Rueda stated the talent could depart in an interview with De Olho No Peize (via Tuttomercatoweb).

“Our acquisitions will hinge on the departures. We haven’t received bids for Marcos Leonardo yet, but we believe they will come. If the conditions are favorable for us and for him, he will leave. I won’t lie by saying the contrary.”

According to Corriere dello Sport, the main alternative is Dnipro’s Artem Dovbyk. He’s been close to moving to Italy a few times. Instead, they are pursuing Verona’s Cyril Ngonge and Wilfried Zaha, who is about to become a free agent, to bolster the offensive flanks.

Our Take on Lazio and Marcos Leonardo

If not him, it should be somebody with a similar profile and traits that could be Immobile’s understudy for a year or two and then take over. He’s a bit raw and would have to be given time. Though, if they signed a winger too, plus they will retain Pedro, they can roll with Felipe Anderson as a false-nine in a pinch in the first few months while the youngster settles in.

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