For as long as the idea of Wesley Hoedt returning to Lazio on loan from Southampton has existed, it appeared to always be a case of either the Dutchman or Shkodran Mustafi.

There were mixed reports regarding the Serie A side’s chase of the Arsenal defender, with some saying Simone Inzaghi preferred the former Sampdoria man, while others suggested the manager would be more comfortable working with a player he already knew i.e. the Saints man.

However, on Friday appear to be pushing the idea that Lazio could actually go for both, explaining that while they are waiting for Hoedt to return, the club ‘aims to reinforce’ their defence further.

Igli Tare is ‘working to close a new negotiation, precisely with a defender’ and ‘the player in question is Shkodran Mustafi’.

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The website state that, according to their information, the Albanian director of football is ‘negotiating with the father of the player, Kujtim Mustafi, to take him to the capital’.

Furthermore, ‘there seems to be an agreement on the wages, with only the final details relating to the bonuses remaining to be defined’.

That might be the case, but they would also need to find an arrangement with Arsenal, and that doesn’t appear to be ongoing at the moment.