Whenever a new manager comes in, there’s always one or two players who end up being sacrificed, as the club try to give their latest appointment the best tools to succeed.
For Lazio, that man appears to be Joaquin Correa, whom Corriere dello Sport claim has been ‘identified’ by Maurizio Sarri as the one he can do without in his system.
It makes sense, since the Italian managers favours a 4-3-3 without a second striker, which could open the door for both Tottenham and Arsenal, reported as interested by the newspaper.
Regarding Arsenal, it has been suggested that Mikel Arteta would like a revamp of the squad currently at his disposal, and the somewhat versatile Argentine could be the player he’s been looking for to reinvigorate his attack.
Back to Corriere, the newspaper state both Tottenham and Arsenal are after Correa, but don’t give that much more detail.
Il Tempo, however, hand us a tad more, stating that Lucas Torreira, described as the ‘favourite’ target for the midfield role at Lazio, ‘could enter in the Correa affair’, suggesting Arsenal are thinking about smartly using the midfielder as a makeweight to get the forward at a lower price.
To get a better idea of how much, La Lazio Siamo Noi have more detail on the Serie A side’s interest in the Uruguayan midfielder, claiming that Arsenal want at least €20m for their player, while the Italians ‘don’t want to spend more than €15m (bonuses included)’ and could look towards a different formula, such as a loan with an option to buy.
There is no mention of Correa in their article, but it does suggest that should the Gunners want to make a move for the forward, any inclusion of Torreira in the deal would be to try and knock off around €20m from the asking price.