With Maurizio Sarri struggling to fully get along with either Pepe Reina and Thomas Strakosha at Lazio, we’ve seen a few stories linking the Serie A side to a former pupil of his.
That man is Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has lost his starting place at Chelsea to Edouard Mendy and doesn’t look likely to be getting it back anytime soon.
The Spaniard, who is still the most expensive goalkeeper of all time, needs to find himself a club where he plays more regularly, which Lazio, through a loan, could do.
Of course, each story came with the caveat that Chelsea would have to pay some of the wages, as his current salary is too high for Lazio to handle alone.
But, and that’s according to Area Napoli, the deal won’t be happening.
The outlet claim that while Claudio Lotitio and Igli Tare were hoping to snap up the Chelsea man for the next transfer session, ‘the economic distance between the parties would have increased, reaching such a size that, objectively, it makes it very difficult’ for him to move to Rome.
That would have been ‘with the formula of the purchase on a temporary basis’.
In short, ‘everything is postponed, if not even skipped’ entirely.
What could happen, though, is that Lotito ‘might be interested in making an offer (more substantial) for July’.
For now, however, it’s a no.