Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio has been speaking about Antonio Candreva’s situation.
Quality wide players are always in demand. And Antonio Candreva’s success at Lazio has made him a wanted man.
Serie A’s top clubs have been thought to be eyeing up the 27-year-old co-owned with Udinese for some time now, hoping to prise him away from the Italian capital.
But suitors from abroad reportedly have queued up as well. Most notably, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal were all freshly linked with his name at the weekend.
And Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio briefly touched on Candreva’s list of admirers on Tuesday. Glaringly, he left out the Premier League trio.
“Candreva is liked by Juventus, Napoli and Fiorentina,” he said on Sky programme E’ Sempre Calciomercato. “He’s a national team player, strong and sought after.”
Certainly nothing definitive, but possibly English clubs’ interest isn’t as developed as their Italian counterparts’.
Perhaps United and Liverpool will need to redouble their efforts if they genuinely harbour ambitions of snapping up Candreva. After all, it seems to reason that Serie A clubs would have an inherent advantage here.
One thing that won’t be helping any of the clubs chasing the Italy international is a reported desire to leave Rome, however.
“There were rumours about a request [from Candreva] to leave Lazio, but in reality there isn’t one,” Di Marzio added.
Lazio owner Claudio Lotito recently complained that ongoing fan protests are causing his players to look to the exits.
But according to Di Marzio, that isn’t the case for Candreva. The convincing will be up to those who want him, not rogue factions of fans refusing to show up at the Stadio Olimpico each week.