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2019-20 Transfers

Updated: Feb 29

Lazio did very little in the two transfer windows of the 2019-20 season. Perhaps too little. At the end of the day, a lot of faith was put on the current squad and manager and whoever left was replaced, nothing more, nothing less.

Goodbye, or almost

Dusan Basta, right back, put an end to a very good career after five years at Lazio where he appeared in 116 games with two goals and was part of the team that won the Super Coppa in 2017 and the Coppa Italia 2018-19.

Wallace, Brazilian central defender, was sent on loan to Sporting Braga with option to buy. He left Lazio after 67 appearances and two goals. He did very well at the beginning of his stint with the Biancocelsti but progressively became increasingly unreliable. He will not be missed.

Milan Badelj, Czech midfielder, was also sent on loan with option to buy but he stayed in Serie A. He rejoined Fiorentina. He played 26 games for Lazio with one goal. A pity really, he was very good, but perhaps a fraction too slow for the needs of this team.

Romulo, Brazilian right back, ended his loan spell at Lazio and the club did not renew nor exercise the buying option. The Brazilian played 13 games for Lazio in his six months at the club and was very liked by fans and team. Not a very logical move.

Pedro Neto, Portughese winger, and Bruno Jordao, midfielder, were sold to Wolverhampton. A really pity, especially since the former had shown real talent and potential. Neto had played 5 games and Jordao 3. The good thing was that Lazio was able to cash in a lot of money for the two: €26.8 million.


Denis Vavro, central defender, joined Lazio from FC Copenhagen for €10.5 million plus €1.5 bonus. From Slovacchia, Vavro is a potentially very interesting player. Tall, physical, it is hoped that he can become a valid partner in defence for Francesco Acerbi.

Jony, left winger, arrived from Malaga for €1.4 million. There is hope that the Spaniard can be an alternative to Senad Lulic on the left even if he is more an attacking player compared to the Lazio legend.

Manuel Lazzari, Italian right back, was signed from Spal for €13.7 million plus €1.5 million bonus. He was the big signing of the 2019-20 campaign, the one player and role that the club decided to heavily invest on. Lazzari had spent six years with Spal, joining them when they were in the fourth tier and helping them reach Serie A. He is an attacking right back, ideal for Simone Inzaghi’s 3-5-2. He also has one cap for Italy.

Bobby Adekanye, from The Netherlands, was signed on a free transfer. A forward, he arrived after four years in the Liverpool youth teams. He is considered a player with a great potential.

Winter transfers

Minor movements in the January transfer window as Lazio considered their squad was competitive. No acquisitions and two players sent out on loan.

Rizi Durmisi. Signed in 2018 from Real Betis in the hope that he could be a valid alternative to Senad Lulic on the left, he first season had been disastrous and during the 2019-20 so far he had never played. He was loaned to Nice with option to buy. Last year he appeared in 19 games.

Valon Berisha was another signing from the previous year (Saltzburg). He was the great midfield hope but arrived injured and took a long while to find space in the team. And when he did he was always a disappointment. He was loaned for Fortuna Dusseldorf with option to buy.


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