Lazio Eye Tottenham Outcast with Emerson Close to West Ham

Lazio had earmarked Emerson Palmieri as a late objective after trimming their roster, but the Chelsea fullback is on the verge of joining West Ham, so the Biancocelesti are tracking Tottenham misfit Sergio Reguilon as a fallback, Corriere dello Sport reports.

The Spaniard is on his way out following the addition of Ivan Perisic. He had moved to London when José Mourinho was at the helm. However, Antonio Conte has different plans for the left flank. He hasn’t been involved in the pre-season and in the first few matches.

Lazio reached out to Tottenham, but the terms to onboard Reguilon aren’t accommodating despite his status. The Spurs could agree to a season-long loan with a €20M option to buy. They want the buyers to cover his €3.6M wages in full, which is an issue for the capital side. The Italian team wishes to split it in half, as the Lilywhites did with Tanguy Ndombélé, after some hard negotiating.

Maurizio Sarri signed off on the addition. The Biancocelesti prefer offloading Elseid Hysaj and Mohamed Fares beforehand, but they might proceed anyway. The 25-year-old has featured in 67 matches with the Premier League outfit, logging 2 goals and 9 assists. The Real Madrid youth product broke out at Sevilla in 2019/2020, after which the Spurs invested €30M to acquire him.

Our Take on Lazio Opening Talks with Tottenham for Reguilon

The final weeks of the window always carry potential bargains, and this could be one. Emerson would be less risky because of his familiarity with Sarri and the league. However, the Spanish wing-back has more upside. He would need time to adapt to a four-man defense and Serie A in general, but they can wait for him.

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