Lazio sporting director Igli Tare provided an update on his club’s most recent contract extensions of their youth players and anticipated moves in the summer mercato.
- Keita Balde Diao prolonged his contract for an additional year, from 2017 to 2018.
- Cataldi and Tounkara also prolonged till 2018
- Filippini, Lombardi and Strakosha prolonged till 2019
- Although not official, Minala expected to sign till 2018
While discussing the transfer market, Tare spoke about Astori and De Vrij.
“Astori? We are trying to close the deal with Cagliari, we believe the player wants to come to Lazio just like De Vrij wants to join us. However my experience here in Rome has taught me that until there black on white (a signature) we should not have certain discussions. Certainly a defender will arrive, perhaps two.”
There will be considerable pressure to retain Candreva, and perhaps renewing his contract.
“The president has also spoken about this already, we have always been aware of the value of players on our roster. The same applies to Candreva.”
Lastly Tare was asked what he would do if he received an offer he could not refuse “This happens to Juve, Milan and Inter to sell important players, so why wouldn’t it happen to Lazio? It is part of the business. It will be important to move (reinvest) accordingly.”