Everton and Tottenham Hotspur are the only Premier League sides to have made significant efforts to sign Lazio forward Joaquin Correa this summer, according to Il Messaggero.
But the Merseyside and north London outfits still risk missing out on the Copa America winner. Neither the Toffees nor Spurs have indicated they would be willing to meet Lazio’s demands to sell the Argentine.
Instead, Tottenham and Everton are only willing to pay around €20m (£17m) for Correa, despite vast rival interest. Arsenal, Leicester and Wolves are all monitoring the 26-year-old’s situation, as Lazio look to raise funds for manager Maurizio Sarri.
All five Premier League suitors are also in contact with Correa’s agent to discuss a move to England. Yet, they face a race against time to get a deal done as Sarri would gladly keep the eight-cap attacker at the Stadio Olimpico.
Sarri holds Correa in high regard and has no problems with the forward staying in Rome. He will join the Italian, plus Euro 2020 champions Francesco Acerbi and Ciro Immobile, for the final stages of pre-season in Germany, as well, unless he secures a move soon.
Everton and Tottenham also face competition from Inter Milan under Correa’s former Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi, per Calciomercato.it. The new Nerazzurri coach has moved the Serie A champions into pole position, as he seeks a swift summer reunion.
Correa scored eight goals and offered four assists in 28 Serie A outings under Inzaghi last term. But Lazio President Claudio Lotito now believes the forward is worth €50m (£43m), per TuttoMercatoWEB, and would only accept €35m (£30m) as an absolute minimum.
Everton and Tottenham face tall order to sign Lazio star Correa
Everton and Tottenham clearly face a tall order if either side is to sign Lazio star Correa this summer. Neither are realistically anywhere near even Lotito’s minimum asking price, and the Biancocelesti chief is under no pressure to sell.
Sarri giving his blessing for Correa to stay has boosted Lotito’s position greatly in any negotiations. The £46,000-per-week forward is also under contract until 2024, and showed what he can do under Inzaghi, despite not being his lead man alongside Immobile.
Inzaghi further hailed Correa during his time in charge at the Stadio Olimpico. The Italian stated in May, via Lazialita: “In important matches, he is a boy who elevates himself. He lives them very well, he is an exceptional player.”
An exceptional player that Everton and Tottenham are far from signing, unless they increase their offer for Correa.