This news arrives from Honda himself, who apparently is very keen about his chance of playing in the Italian Serie A, obviously with the light blue squad jersey on his back.
Despite being optimistic, Honda isn’t actually sure whether the deal can actually be concluded this winger knowing that both teams still haven’t managed to struck an agreement in concluding the deal. The Japanese midfielder does reveal that his desire to play in Serie A arrives simply because he felt challenged with the difficulty of the league despite the fact that it might not be the most prestigious anymore at the moment.
“I want to go to Lazio. The Italian championship intrigues me as a player. It may not be the most beautiful in the world, but it is the hardest. We are close to concluding the transfer,”
Reports from Italy previously suggested that Lazio are proposing a 2 million loan deal for six months with a buy out option at the end of season worth around 10 million, but apparently CSKA are asking 16 million in total. Considering the small amount of gap between left between that offer and demand, there’s a big possibility that it would eventually occurred especially if the Russian side are really keen on cashing out on their midfielder.
Lazio themselves are looking for an extra versatile attacking midfielder to cover up or even replace Hernanes, who has not been playing as good as previous season. However, with Honda’s ability to play many positions, the Biancocelesti might eventually be able to combine the Japanese with their Brazilian midfielder and formed a much more solid formation for the second part of the season.