During this summer’s Calcio Mercato, Lazio publicly pursued Galatasaray’s star striker, Burak Yilmaz. According to Di Marzio, a fee had been agreed with Galatasaray, but the player and his agent weren’t satisfied with both the wages and the fee the agent would receive. In the end, the deal fell through, meaning veteran striker Miroslav Klose will have to perform once again for Biancocelesti this season.
Claudio Lotito, Lazio’s president, had this to say about Yilmaz when approached by reporters: “Yilmaz? I’m more convinced than ever that it was better this way. We didn’t want another [Mauro] Zarate.”
Then, when questioned about Hernanes’ contract renewal, Lotito said: “We want to keep all of the players we believe are suitable to increase the potential of the team. I don’t think the company will stop making investments in the squad”.
Even without Klose – and Yilmaz – Lazio romped to victory over Catania this evening, beating them 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico.