Lazio to make a bid for Fabio Quagliarella
[one_fourth last=”no”][/one_fourth]Lazio are preparing a €6m bid for Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella but the Old Lady want more cash before parting with the Italian international. Quagliarella still has a year and a half left on his current contract in Turin and Juventus are looking for a fee in the region of €8m, so this proposed transfer may drag on right until the end of the January transfer window.
Quagliarella signed for Juventus on loan from Napoli in August 2010 and i Bianconeri paid the club from Naples a €4.5m loan fee for his services, signing him permanently for €10.5m at the start of the 2011 season. During his time at Juve, the Italian international has played 80 Serie A games, scoring 23 goals.
Lazio President Claudio Lotito recently announced his intention to sign an attacker and club manager Edoardo Reja has informed Lotito that Fabio Quagliarella is his number one priority. However Lotitio may not be prepared to match Juve’s asking price, so the 30-year-old may join i Biancocelesti on loan for the remainder of the season, with a view to signing him permanently at the end of his loan spell.
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The Italian international has found his playing time extremely limited under Juve boss Antonio Conte and he has only started 3 games in Serie A this season. Most of his appearances have come from the substitutes bench and it has definitely affected his form, scoring just one league goal this season.
Quagliarella currently has Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente, Mirko Vucinic and Sebastian Giovinco all ahead of him in the pecking order and with the World Cup just around the corner, he is eager for regular first team action to try and cement his place in Cesare Prandelli’s squad.
Rome based daily newspaper Il Tempo has close ties with Lazio and they broke the story just recently, Eurosport Italia and Il Corriere dello Sport have also reported the potential transfer and now it seems just a matter of time before Quagliarella is playing his football at the Stadio Olimpico.