Lazio Inititate Talks with Ex-Crystal Palace Attacker

Lazio are in advanced talks with Wilfried Zaha, who’s currently out of contract, although Crystal Palace haven’t abandoned hopes of bringing him back. While rumors from England indicate that the signing is imminent, the Italian side has confirmed the negotiation but added that there are a few hurdles to settle before putting pen to paper, La Gazzetta dello Sport informs.

First of all, his camp asked for a €10M commission, which the Biancocelesti wish to lower. The winger was earning €7M per year in England, while he’d have to settle for €4M in Rome, albeit in a long-term contract. He tallied 7 goals and 2 assists in 27 Premier League appearances last season.

Lazio face competition from Fenerbahce and Al-Nassr for Zaha. The attacker prefers to keep playing in a top league, but he’d get covered in gold in Saudi Arabia.

Coach Maurizio Sarri has signed off on onboarding the 30-year-old, even though Domenico Berardi is top of the list in his mind. The gaffer wouldn’t mind adding somebody with international experience.

Our Take on Lazio and Zaha

The Biancocelesti are no strangers to signing veterans on Bosman transfers. More power to them if they can get him to agree to a sizeable pay reduction, but the chatter smells a little fishy.

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  1. Fishy why? Italy still has in place the growth decree which means a foreign player play half of taxes on his income and same does the club(if I’m not mistaken)s so he can earn 10 mill and pay half taxes compared to an Italian citizen or someone who played for over 3 years in Italy. So again, why fishy?

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