Lazio Plans for January Window Hamstrung by Excess Players

Lazio will need to trim the roster before making further additions. The Biancocelesti have excluded more than ten players from their seasonal squad list. Moreover, they are looking to offload a few rarely-utilized reserves too. Should they manage to complete some departures, they will focus on shoring up their frontline, Radiosei reports.

In particular, Lazio would like to sell Vedat Muriqi, Gonzalo Escalante, and Dennis Vavro. The center-forward has mostly been unconvincing in Rome, and things have not changed under Maurizio Sarri. He could go back to Turkey. However, the Biancocelesti spent nearly €20M to sign him and would like to recoup a good chunk of their investment.

Escalante joined on a free transfer from Eibar last year. While he appeared regularly with Simone Inzaghi, he has been overshadowed by the growth of Danilo Cataldi this season. Vavro has been a deep reserve since returning from a loan spell from Huesca. Lazio paid €10.5M to acquire him from Copenhagen in 2019. The front office also wants to part ways with Jordan Lukaku, Bobby Adenkaye, Riza Durmisi, Jony, Cristiano Lombardo, Jorge Silva, Luca Falbo, and Alessandro Cerbara. They have all been frozen out so far.

Lazio will put Dimitrije Kamenovic under contract in January after last summer’s fiasco. Then, they are searching for a backup to Ciro Immobile and another winger. The names atop of their list are Bodo/Glimt Erik Botheim, who shined against Roma, and 18-year-old Benjamin Sesko. He has scored 7 times in 18 appearances with Red Bull Salzburg this season.