Lazio president Claudio Lotito has warned clubs interested in rumoured Tottenham target, Joaquin Correa that the Argentine will not be sold on the cheap in the final week of the transfer window.
Correa is allegedly considered surplus to requirements by new Lazio boss Maurizio Sarri, with the former Chelsea head coach looking to cash in on the midfielder and reinvest that money into wide players in order to adopt his favoured 4-3-3.
Reports first emerged back in June that Fabio Paratici was keen on snapping up the attacking midfielder but nothing came of the rumours, with some sources in Italy later revealing Tottenham’s interest in the 26-year-old had cooled.
Il Messaggero then claimed last week that Lazio had decided to slash their asking price for Correa after failing to receive any bids for the player.
It was suggested that while the Serie A club were initially hoping to sell the former Sevilla man for €40m (£34m), they were now willing to accept around €30m (£25.5m).
However, Lotito has now insisted that Lazio will hang to Correa if they do not receive a suitable offer.
When asked about the Argentine international, the Italian club’s president told Rai Sport (as relayed by Corriere dello Sport): “At the beginning of my presidency, I said: ‘Pay the money and see the player’.
“The deal will be done when someone makes a clear offer and we are satisfied with it.
“We don’t have to sell to buy players, let that be clear.”
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The speculation linking Spurs with Correa did not make sense to begin with as Nuno Espirito Santo’s teams do not tend to feature a traditional number ten, which is clearly the Argentine’s best position.
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