Lazio are close to acquiring Milos Kerkez from AZ Alkmaar, although some work remains to be done in the talks between clubs for the transfer to materialize. The fullback has reached an agreement on personal terms with the Biancocelesti, Corriere dello Sport informs.
The capital side offered €13.5M for a season-long loan with obligation to buy. The initial fee would be €2.5M, plus the rest in a year. The Dutch side requested €15M. The gap isn’t too wide and could be closed shortly.
Lazio president Claudio Lotito had a summit with Maurizio Sarri over the weekend, and the coach signed off on bringing in Kerkez. He also okayed the return of Luca Pellegrini from Juventus. They could both join if Adam Marusic departed, as Elseid Hysaj can play on either flank. The Serb is drawing interest from the Premier League and Saudi Arabia but is waiting for a call from Inter.
The 19-year-old appeared 57 times with AZ Alkmaar in the last two seasons, tallying 5 goals and 8 assists. He spent a year in Milan’s youth academy in the past.
Our Take on Lazio Targeting Kerkez
It would be a high-upside move for an affordable price. However, given his offensive-minded instincts and lack of Serie A experience, it’d take him a few months to become a regular considering the coach’s rigid standards.
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