Report: Lazio plotting move for Southampton man Gaston Ramirez

The Italians are reportedly keen to help the Uruguayan reignite his career, although his wages could prove to be a stumbling block.

Serie A side Lazio are planning a move for Southampton’s Gaston Ramirez, according to Italian news outlet Il Messaggero.

Ronald Koeman’s side have reportedly put the player up for sale ahead of the new season, with him being deemed surplus to requirements at St Mary’s.

He spent last season on loan at relegated Hull City and did okay for the Tigers, but his performances were not enough to earn him a permanent move to the KC Stadium.

That has alerted Lazio, whose boss, Stefano Pioli, managed the player when he broke through at Bologna, and has identified him as the perfect replacement to an aging Stefano Mauri, who is now 35.

The reported fee would not be an issue either as, with one year left on his current contract, it is believed the player could be available for as little as £3.8million. One potential snag, however, could be his wages, with him earning around £1.7million a year, claims Il Messaggero.

More suited to Serie A?

There’s no denying, however, that a move back to Italy would be the best possible outcome for Ramirez. It has not worked out for him in England despite his obvious talent, with him struggling to match the intensity of the Premier League.

In Italy, though, the game is different and more suited to his style of play, while working under the manager that helped him breakthrough in Europe in the first place could help to reinvigorate the Uruguayan playmaker’s career.

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