Sarri Could Make or Break Zakharyan Deal Amid Strasbourg Presence

Lazio’s efforts to sign Russian talent Arsen Zakharyan could endure a huge blow following the entry of French outfit Strasbourg in the transfer race. The Dynamo Moscow midfielder is touted as a firm prospect to replace Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, but Maurizio Sarri’s efforts to deny the move to avoid running out of slots for non-EU players has reportedly hampered the potential transfer.

As per Sport24 (via Tuttomercatoweb), Zakharyan has a definitive suitor in France, as Strasbourg chief scout Loic Desire has confirmed that the Alsace club are in talks to sign the highly-rated 20-year-old midfielder. It is anticipated that a move to Strasbourg would pave a route to Chelsea in the future, given that the two clubs are co-owned by American businessman Todd Boehly.

While Lazio and Claudio Lotito do not hesitate to spend for the Russian, the lack of non-EU slots poses a threat to Sarri’s future plans, as he prepares an assault for titles in 2023/24.

As it stands, Sarri would prefer Piotr Zielinski instead, but the Pole has reportedly agreed to extend his existing contract at Napoli despite lower pay. Lazio most recently passed on the opportunity to sign Eintracht Frankfurt forward Daichi Kamada, and are expected to turn their attention towards Zakharyan.

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