A simple cigarette emoji. It did not take more to put the tifosi of Lazio Rome on the alert. They understood that after several days of waiting, Maurizio Sarri would finally become the coach of the club of their hearts. Five hours later, the Roman club formalized in a more classic way the arrival of the Italian technician. All with an ultra concise press release. “Lazio announce that Maurizio Sarri is the new coach of the first team.”
Sarri wants to bet on his former players
Without a club since his time on the bench of Juventus, the native of Naples therefore resumes service. Already at work, he is active on the summer transfer window. And Sarri already has some ideas in mind to strengthen his new team in the 2021-22 season. A team in which we will find Dimitrije Kamenovic (20 years old). Serbian defender Čukarički, represented by Mateja Kezman, had his medical check-up on Thursday. He will sign for three years. A first recruit who is not stamped Sarri.
On the other hand, the 62-year-old coach has done well behind the scenes for the Elseid Hysaj file (27 years old). At the end of his contract in Naples, the Albanian knew Maurizio Sarri very well, who led him at the Partenopei. The right-back should arrive quickly and initial a three-year contract in the Italian capital. Another player desired by the new strongman of Lazio: Nicolas Maksimovic (29 years old). Sarri wants to revive the Serbian defender at the end of his contract at Napoli.
The Kepa flop is in his list
However, the Romans are exploring other avenues before deciding on this issue. Also in Naples, Matteo Politano (27) is also in the sights of the Italian coach. A coach who also wants to draw from one of his other former clubs: Chelsea. According to the Corriere dello Sport, Maurizio Sarri would like to bring to Rome Kepa Arrizabalaga (26), whom he led with the Blues during the 2018/19 season.
Also in London, the porter, under contract until 2025, has never won there. A loan is the option considered by the Laziale who know that the English are open to a departure. The same goes for Ruben Loftus-Cheek (25 years old). For him, too, Lazio wants to get a loan. Finally, the coach is also eyeing the Italian market. Josip Ilicic (33, Atalanta), Morten Thorsby (25, Sampdoria) and Riccardo Orsolini (24, Bologna) appeal to him according to the Corriere dello Sport. The future Lazio is already taking shape … at least in the mind of Maurizio Sarri.