Joaquin Correa will speak with Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri for the first time on Saturday after Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton cooled their interest, per Corriere dello Sport.
Correa’s chances of leaving the Stadio Olimpico this summer are now fading fast without a route to the Premier League. Paris Saint-Germain are also more distant from pursuing the 26-year-old as Biancocelesti President Claudio Lotito demands €35-40m (£30-£34m).
No club has yet been willing to meet Lotito’s valuation, meaning Correa will end his holiday on Friday with an uncertain future. The striker will now meet Sarri for the first time on Saturday when he joins Lazio’s pre-season camp in Formello.
Lazio extended Correa’s summer holiday after he won the Copa America with Argentina. He is yet to speak with Sarri at all since the Italian replaced Simone Inzaghi, but will soon sit down with the former Chelsea boss and Sporting Director Igli Tare to discuss his future.
Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham have all explored deals to sign Correa from Lazio at some stage this summer. Il Messaggero reported in June that Tare rejected a £17m bid from the Gunners. Alfredo Pedulla then claimed Spurs offered £25m as Fabio Paratici is a big fan.
Everton and Tottenham then appeared to be Correa’s final hopes of leaving Lazio for the Premier League. Il Messaggero added just this week that both had made significant efforts to sign the £46,000-per-week playmaker. But, seemingly, neither want him any longer.
Corriere dello Sport add Lazio had hoped to sell Correa this summer to fund their transfer plans. His meeting with Sarri and Tare will now offer the Biancocelesti a definitive outline of their ongoing plans with a midfielder and two wingers still needed.
Next 48 hours key in Correa’s Lazio future after Arsenal and Tottenham cool interest
The next 48 hours, then, are key in Lazio deciding Correa’s future after Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton cooled their interest. Either his talks with Sarri and Tare offer the Italian coach confidence to include him in his plans, or they force Lotito to lessen his demands.
Lotito accepting a lower fee for Correa could see Arsenal, Tottenham or Everton revive their interest, too. The Lazio forward offers a dynamic presence as the second striker, occupying the space between opposing defences and midfields superbly.
He also struck 11 goals and offered six assists in 38 appearances last season, despite being second-fiddle to Ciro Immobile. His haul even included scoring against Bayern Munich and assisting against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.