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Lazio re-create Krasic interest

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 6 Jun 2012


Lazio have re-entered talks with Juventus regarding Milos Krasic, but the winger remains uninterested as he is intent on leaving Italy.

The Stadio Olimpico side tried to sign the Serbia international during the January transfer window, but even though they reached an agreement with the eventual title-winners, Krasic – who has been surplus to requirements in Turin ever since the arrival of coach Antonio Conte last season – rejected the switch.

Krasic, who also turned down an offer from Zenit St Petersburg, has since admitted that he should have left Juventus Stadium at the turn of the year, given he did not feature once for the first team between January 15 and the end of Juve’s Scudetto-winning campaign.

Consequently, Lazio reignited their interest in the former CSKA Moscow man after finalising Vladimir Petkovic’s appointment as coach over the weekend. The capital club believe that Krasic would be a perfect fit for them, has learned, given their incoming boss is a fan of three-man frontlines.

There are two major stumbling blocks, though. Firstly, Lazio want to sign Krasic on loan with a view to a permanent move next year, but Juventus are only willing to entertain a permanent transfer.

Secondly, and more significantly, the 27-year-old does not want to move to Rome, believing that he is ill-suited to Italian football. He is therefore seeking a move abroad, with England his preferred destination. However, it is believed that he would not reject Zenit if they came calling again.

Lazio, though, remain the only club to have registered an interest in Krasic since the end of the season and president Claudio Lotito has no intention of giving up without a fight.

Lotito is hoping that the same powers of persuasion which convinced former coach Edy Reja to twice go back on his decision to resign this season will also work on Krasic.


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