Yet to recover from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s move to Al-Hilal, Lazio could again fall victim to a rapidly developing Saudi Arabian market. According to Il Messaggero (via LazioNews24), three Saudi Pro League clubs have set their sights on Felipe Anderson.
Al-Ittihad, Al-Shabab, and Al-Ahli contemplate making bids for the Brazilian forward. The club’s hesitance to offer him a new deal has left Anderson fuming, with his current contract running out in 2024. Lazio have failed to live up to their oath as they promised to bolster the 30-year-old’s wages earlier this year.
Despite being promised new terms that would’ve taken his salary from €2.5 million to €3.5m net per season, Anderson has yet to receive an official proposal from Lazio. Therefore, it may not take a great deal of trouble to convince him to follow in the footsteps of Milinkovic-Savic, who’s readying for a new chapter in the Middle East.
Another Lazio star was recently courted by the Saudis. Ciro Immobile found himself on the country’s shopping list. But he turned his back on a €35m two-year package to commit his future to the Stadio Olimpico. Anderson will unlikely do the same as he could be feeling betrayed by the club.
Claudio Lotito is still picking up the slacks after reluctantly allowing Milinkovic-Savic to leave. Though Anderson’s significance to Maurizio Sarri’s tactics isn’t remotely close to the Serb’s, his departure would still be a big hit for Lazio. Unfortunately, they could be powerless to stop it.
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