Liverpool and United target 'open to leaving to win something important'

According to Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio, in-demand Lazio midfielder Antonio Candreva could be tempted away by the allure of silverware.

With 12 goals and six assists to his name in 37 Serie A appearances this season, Lazio’s Antonio Candreva is a wanted man.

The Italy international has been in particularly stunning form since Hernanes’ January departure from the Stadio Olimpico, earning a place in the Azzurri’s 30-man preliminary World Cup squad.

And Candreva’s vital displays for the Biancocelesti have reportedly grabbed the attention of the likes of Juventus, Manchester United and Liverpool.

The three heavyweights are all in the market for a player of his calibre in the centre of the park, possessing pace, creativity and the ability to play centrally or out wide.

Udinese still co-own own the 27-year-old’s rights with Lazio, but are thought to be close to selling their 50 per cent share to the Rome outfit for around £7million.

Lazio have expressed a desire to hold onto their star man even with outside interest, however Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio has now said Candreva could be convinced to move on.

Di Marzio’s report reads: “While Candreva is happy in Rome, he has other options.

“The player’s entourage is indicating Candreva may be open to leaving Lazio to try to win something important.

“It will be up to his current club to try to convince him to stay beyond resolving the co-ownership with Udinese.”

Juventus, Liverpool and Manchester United - despite the latter’s fall from grace this term - could certainly all offer Candreva a better platform for title-winning success than Lazio.

If the Italian is indeed ready for a new challenge, the trio could foreseeably find themselves locked in a bidding war for his services.

Lazio president Claudio Lotito has been at odds with his club’s supporters since selling Hernanes to Inter in January, so may be hesitant to let go of another star performer.

But should the right offer come in and Candreva wish to leave, Lotito’s hand may be forced - and whichever of Juventus, Liverpool or United show the greatest ambition could seemingly land the talented midfielder.

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