Lazio's transfer twist: Toronto FC's Bernardeschi in the mix

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As the winter transfer window approaches its closing, Lazio is intensifying efforts to strengthen the squad for the upcoming challenges. The focus had initially been on Nicolò Cambiaghi, the Empoli winger owned by Atalanta. However, Lazio's recent bid of €11 million was rejected by Atalanta, whose asking price is reportedly around €15 million, causing a snag in the negotiations.

In response to the roadblock, Lazio is exploring alternative options. Two names have emerged as Plan B, both proposed and studied by coach Maurizio Sarri: Federico Bernardeschi and Anwar El Ghazi. While Sarri seems keen on Bernardeschi, the stumbling block lies in the player's wage demands.

The forward, with 206 Serie A appearances and 22 goals to his name, is reportedly asking for at least €3 million per year, a figure deemed excessive by Lazio.

Amid the negotiations, the possibility of bringing Bernardeschi back to Italy is gaining traction. Despite the player's preference for Juventus, Lazio's interest has received a nod from Sarri. However, the wage hurdle remains, and Lazio is attempting to negotiate more favorable terms.

Amid these developments, former Lazio sporting director Igli Tare shed light on the choice of Sarri, emphasizing that the hiring was not a response to Mourinho. Tare expressed confidence in Sarri's ability to bring about change and outlined the club's commitment to breaking out of their comfort zone with a new project under the Italian coach.

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As the transfer deadline looms, the pursuit of reinforcements continues, leaving fans in anticipation of the final moves in the closing hours of the transfer window.