The Italian Serie A competition is still few weeks away but the battle between two top clubs, Juventus and Lazio, already emerged, although it’s happening in the transfer market instead of the football pitch.
Reports from Italy suggested that both clubs are very keen on acquiring the service of Uruguay national team captain, Diego Lugano, who has been constantly linked with a move to Italy for quite some time now.
The Turin giant, who have been making quite a lot of signing with the arrivals of Andrea Pirlo, Mirko Vucinic, Stephan Lichsteiner, Reto Ziegler, Michele Pazienza, etc, reportedly are still looking for more additions including a quality center back. Although Lugano has already reaching 31, his consistent performance for the Uruguay national team in the 2010 World Cup and the latest Copa America seems more than enough to convince the Old Lady management.
Meanwhile, the same judgment apparently also being reserved by Lazio’s management as they also have a strong interest towards Lugano, who is being set as the leader at the back completing the arrival of several experienced players such as Miroslav Klose and Djibril Cisse. Just as Juventus, the Biancoceleste have a very high ambition for the new season as they’re aiming to compete in at least getting into the Champions League zone, which gets more tougher next summer as Italy will only have three representatives starting from 2012-2013 season.
Despite of Lugano’s consistent performances recently, because of his current age, his price reportedly is pretty affordable as Fenerbache could agree to sell for an amount around 3,5 million Euro. A number that’s surely won’t be that steep for clubs like Lazio or Juventus, who already splashed much more money than the amount requested for the Uruguayan international.