Negotiations between Lazio and Wolfsburg over a deal to sign Arsenal and Leeds United target Josip Brekalo on loan could be about to take off, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Lazio appreciate the terms of a loan-to-buy deal that Wolfsburg would accept for Brekalo to move to Rome this summer. The Serie A outfit are struggling to afford any permanent deals as Maurizio Sarri revamps the Stadio Olimpico ranks.
Wolfsburg will let Brekalo leave the Volkswagen Arena before Mark van Bommel’s first year in charge for €15m (£13m) plus add-ons. Payment can be deferred to 2022, as well, which Lazio hope allows them to sign the Croatia international.
Brekalo has also asked Wolfsburg Managing Director Jorg Schmadtke and Sporting Director Marcel Schafer for permission to leave this summer. His desires for a new challenge are so strong that the 23-year-old has even cancelled the rental agreement on his home already.
Luckily, Schmadtke and Schafer promised Brekalo that Die Wolfe would sell him, but they are yet to receive any offers. Gazzetta dello Sport also question the interest emerging from Atletico Madrid, Real Sociedad and Real Betis, putting Lazio in a strong position for a deal.
But Arsenal and Leeds also hope to sign Brekalo from Wolfsburg this summer. The Express claimed in May that the Whites were rivalling Everton for the £32,000-per-week dynamo. While Corriere dello Sport later noted Mikel Arteta has been pushing the Gunners to move.
Arsenal and Leeds trail Lazio in race for Wolfsburg winger Brekalo
Arsenal and Leeds should be able to match whatever Lazio offer Wolfsburg for Brekalo in a loan-to-buy deal. But the Premier League pair look likely to trail their Serie A rival with talks about to explode. No doubt dealing blows to Arteta and Marcelo Bielsa’s transfer plans.
Brekalo would be an interesting option for either Arsenal or Leeds to sign if a deal with Wolfsburg is possible. Both already have a number of options in wide positions, but would improve the overall quality of their units with the 27-cap international available as well.
The Croatian helped Wolfsburg qualify for the Champions League under Oliver Glasner last season. He offered seven goals and three assists in 29 games, starting 22. His hat-trick to beat Union Berlin 3-0 in May also pivotal to Die Wolfe finishing fourth by a single point.
Glasner lauded Brekalo while in charge at Wolfsburg, too, with the now-Eintracht Frankfurt coach stating, via Bundesliga.com: “I see huge potential in Josip. He continues to show that he wants to be here, and will only get better.”