‘Can be an option’ – Serie A boss admits Spurs-linked defender could leave in January 

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Maurizio Sarri has admitted that rumoured Tottenham target Manuel Lazzari could leave Lazio during the January transfer window. 

Lazzari, who can operate on the right-wing or as a right-back, has been a consistent performer for Lazio since arriving at the club from SPAL in 2019.

However, sources from Italy claimed last week that the Italian international is not part of Sarri’s plans and is considered ‘expendable’ by the Serie A club ahead of the January transfer window.

The report stated that Spurs were one of the clubs interested in Lazzari, with Conte viewing the 28-year-old as a good fit for his system.

The right-back is also said to be attracting interest from the likes of Bologna and Tornio ahead of January. 

Sarri has now revealed that Lazio have to sell some players to fund moves for their transfer targets and admitted that Lazzari is one of the players who could be sacrificed.

The former Chelsea boss told La Lazio Siamo Noi: “You know very well that our (ability to sign new players) is linked to exits. You will have to see who leaves. 

“Lazzari? I don’t know. Anyone with a strong request (to leave) can be an option.”

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Tottenham’s interest in Lazzari could be evidence that Conte perhaps does not rate Doherty. Emerson needs some competition for the right-wing-back slot and perhaps the Italian feels that the former Wolves man is not the one to provide it. However, one would have thought a right-back would rank fairly low in Conte’s and Paratici’s list of priorities in January.

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