Saudi Pro League interest in Immobile: Can Lazio afford to lose Milinkovic-Savic and the striker in one summer?

Having already seen Sergej Milinkovic-Savic move to Al Hilal, Ciro Immobile could be next to leave Lazio for the Saudi Pro League. Considering the money being offered, is this an opportunity for change that Claudio Lotito can't turn down?

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Lazio talisman Ciro Immobile has been linked with Saudi Pro League clubs Al Shabab and Al Wehda, but Aquile president Claudio Lotito is not prepared to sell his captain.

The Biancocelesti have already sold Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to Al Hilal for a reported fee of €40 million and losing the Italian striker would leave coach Maurizio Sarri without another star player.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Lazio have already rejected a bid worth €35m for Immobile, and the 33-year-old Italy international will meet with Lotito to reveal his intentions for the future. Both Al Shabab and Al Wehda have offered him identical contract proposals to join them – €35m plus bonuses for two seasons – but Al Shabab are apparently thinking of offering him another year.

Selling Milinkovic-Savic and Immobile leaves Lazio with less experience

Milinkovic-Savic was at Lazio for eight seasons, arriving as a 20-year-old from Belgian club Genk and then developing into one of the most complete midfielders in Serie A. The Serbia international scored 69 goals in 341 competitive matches for the Biancocelesti, and replacing him will not be an easy task.

Meanwhile, Immobile has been with the Aquile since 2016, and he is the club’s greatest goalscorer of all time with 196 goals in 297 games. Like Milinkovic-Savic, the 33-year-old has been a stalwart for the club, and it could be risky to lose too many leaders at once.

Selling Immobile this summer would not be the worst thing for Lazio

Ciro Immobile was back to his best against Salernitana on Matchday 23. [@OfficialSSLazio]

Despite his extraordinary contribution over seven seasons, Immobile leaving Lazio this summer might not impact the Aquile as it would if a potential transfer had emerged earlier. He struggled with injury for some parts of the 2022/23 campaign, and he scored just 12 goals in 31 Serie A matches last season.

It remains to be seen if utilising Felipe Anderson as a false nine is a good solution in the long term, and selling Immobile for over €35m would give Lazio extra money to reinforce the squad with, especially for the 2023/24 Champions League.

Considering his lack of goals and age, selling the striker might be beneficial if they can find a suitable replacement for the present and the future.

Whilst it is unnerving to lose two key players, €75m for a 28-year-old and a 33-year-old with injury worries is a deal that Lazio may not have expected, especially considering Milinkovic-Savic had one year left on his contract coming into the summer of 2023.

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