Udinese Deem Lazio Second Bid for Lazar Samardzic Insufficient

Lazio and Udinese remain locked in talks over Lazar Samardzic as Marco Baroni’s men endeavor to bring the Serbia international to Rome. However, according to Corriere dello Sport via LazioNews24, Samardzic’s employers have rejected Biancocelesti’s second offer.

Lazio submitted their opening bid for Samardzic on Wednesday. But after Udinese comfortably turned them down, they’ve returned with an improved proposal. Unfortunately for Claudio Lotito, a €15 million offer plus Matteo Cancellieri didn’t do the trick.

While Udinese are open to selling Samardzic, they’re only willing to do so at a premium price. Lazio are the frontrunners to sign the 22-year-old midfielder despite Jose Mourinho’s hopes of taking the Serbian to Fenerbahce.

Aware of the situation, the Turks are allegedly preparing to launch an assault on Samardzic. Despite leading the race, Lazio can’t afford to take Fenerbahce’s interest in the former RB Leipzig youngster lightly. With Serbia flaming out of Euro 2024, Samardzic will soon return to Udine.

He’s unlikely to stay at the Bluenergy Stadium beyond the summer. Inter nearly priced Samardzic out of Udinese 12 months ago, only for his agent to undermine the agreement at the 11th hour. Lazio will hope to avoid the same fate, though they must convince Udinese first.

Samardzic was a rare shining light at Udinese last term. He amassed six goals and two assists in 34 Serie A appearances, helping the club avoid relegation by the skin of their teeth. Lazio could be his next destination, with Lotito forced to replace Luis Alberto.

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