Lazio will not let Golden Boot winner Ciro Immobile leave without a fight amid reported interest from Everton and Newcastle United, according to his agent Marco Sommella in conversation with Tuttomercatoweb.
In truth, any hopes Steve Bruce might have harboured of replacing £40 million misfit Joelinton with the hottest striker in Serie A went up in smoke once it became clear that Mike Ashley was not going to be packing his Sports Direct-themed bags after all.
The much-discussed Saudi Arabian takeover is not going to happen.
And you can say the same about Newcastle’s rumoured move for Immobile.
Gazzetta dello Sport claimed in June that the Magpies were willing to pay £49 million for the Italy international but, without Mohammed Bin Salman bankrolling things, there is very little chance of Immobile swapping Rome for Tyneside.
Everton fans can afford to be far more optimistic, however.
Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has already spent half a billion on new signings since 2016 and, according to 90Min, Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear that Immobile is his top target.
Not that Lazio are looking to sell a man who equalled Gonzalo Higuain’s record for the most goals in a single Serie A campaign, hitting the net 36 times in 37 matches.
“Today, he has a contract with Lazio. Whoever wants him must knock on (president Claudio) Lotito’s door, and he is not a person who is easy to negotiate with,” Sommella explains.
“What will be tomorrow, the day after tomorrow or between, I don’t know. The market closes on October 5th and only God knows what can happen. “
“Ciro has worked so hard to get where he is now and the best thing is that today he is an example for young boys, as (Gianluca) Vialli, Paolo Rossi or Roberto Baggio were in the past.”
CittaCeleste reported back in April that Everton were willing to offer Immobile a £130,000-a-week contract at Goodison Park.