The defensive department of the Lazio squad needs quality additions this summer.
Reports in the Italian media claim that Lazio are linked with fresh move for Daniele Rugani.
The 26-year-old has been with Juventus since 2015, having signed for the club from Empoli for 5 million euros. The Italy international’s current deal expires in 2023. In February 2021, Daniele Rugani was sent to Cagliari on loan.
In 16 appearances for Cagliari, Rugani has managed to score one goal, and create one goal for his teammates.
The 26-year-old is considered to be one of the best centre-backs in Italy. As a member of Italy national football team, Rugani won 7 caps.
The Italy international is out of the picture at Juventus, which has opened the door for a potential exit.
Maurizio Sarri wants to sign a new centre-back and Rugani is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
The 26-year-old is thought to perfectly fit the profile of defensive player Sarri wants to target in the summer transfer window.
Lazio are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
Daniele Rugani is often quick to scan the danger and is not shy of getting stuck in with some well-timed tackles to help secure possession back for his side. He has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.
According to the report, “New Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri is targeting Juventus defender Daniele Rugani. Sarri wanted to sign Rugani for Chelsea and remains keen on the stopper. Tuttosport says Lazio sporting director Igli Tare holds an interest in the defender also, and with Sarri now at the helm, a move appears even more likely. Rugani spent last season with Cagliari on-loan and they’re also keen. However, the chance to join Lazio and Sarri will be attractive for Rugani.”
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Lazio will have to come up with the right proposal to convince Rugani to join the club.
It is claimed that Juve are open to letting Rugani go.
Good signing for Lazio?
If Daniele Rugani is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Lazio.
A move to Lazio will be ideal for the 26-year-old at this point of his career.
All in all, Rugani will be an ideal choice for Sarri as he ticks all the right boxes in terms of what he demands from his defenders.
If Sarri sees him as the right man for his side, Lazio should quickly make a move to fend off interest from other clubs.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.