Lazio is reportedly chasing Super Eagles forward, Simeon Nwachukwu.
Following seven goal in Serie A last season and two cameo appearances with Nigeria’s Eagles at the World Cup in Russia, the stock of Nwankwo alias Simy has escalated, such that Crotone is finding it difficult to keep hold of him into the coming campaign.
Their biggest tussle is now up against Lazio, who is said to have extended their dragnet to scoop Simy, based on the long history they have with other talented Nigerian players.
One of the Rome-based club’s former players, Stephen Ayodele Makinwa is the one Lazio are now using to ensure they get their desired target of hooking Simy for the new campaign in Italy.
Lazio is willing to pay as high as €10m to grab Simy, but Crotone is hanging on much longer to see if they will be reinstated in the Serie A before deciding on his potential sale.
Simy ended last season on a high, but it was still not enough to help Crotone remain in the Italian top-flight, but they could be reinstated with the positions of Parma and Chievo under threat due to ongoing investigations affecting them.
Parma is accused of attempted match fixing for a game against La Spezia in Serie B last season, while Chievo faces punishment for falsely accounting the transfer details of 30 players with Cesena.
While the wait lingers, Lazio have already mandated Makinwa to push through the move for Simy, with high hopes that the former striker’s position as a players’ representative will help lure the Eagles rookie to Stadio Olimpico next month.