Lazio to Launch New Offensive for Torino Midfielder

Lazio president Claudio Lotito and coach Maurizio Sarri had a meeting to clear the air after the disagreements of the last few days and concurred on targeting Samuele Ricci. The Torino starlet is the most reachable option among those indicated by the gaffer.

According to Il Messaggero, the chairman has grown irritated since the manager has routinely rejected his suggestions. It happened, for instance, for Manchester United’s Fred and Tottenham’s Giovanni Lo Celso. The tactician also asked for Domenico Berardi, Piotr Zielinski, and Luca Pellegrini. The first two are extremely hard to sign. Instead, the capital side is reluctant to meet Juventus’ requests for the fullback.

Lazio will reignite their interest in Ricci. They had tendered €15M plus €5M add-ons. Torino wanted more but didn’t shut the door. The Biancocelesti could make an effort and put €20M plus bonuses on the table, hoping it will be enough.

The 21-year-old bloomed with Empoli and was poached by the Granata for €8.5M in January 2022. He tallied two goals and one assist in the past campaign.

Our Take on Lazio and Ricci

These kinds of reports are always a bit dramatic, but some disappointment on the coach’s part is understandable. They won’t be able to sign somebody as good as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, but they can make up for his departure with a double swoop. The Torino talent would be a nice first piece.

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