Italian giants Lazio have secured the future of Italian international Antonio Candreva after buying his full rights from fellow Italian club Udinese for an undisclosed fee, it has been announced.
Candreva joined the Italian giants on a co-ownership deal back in 2012 with both clubs owning 50 percent of the player’s sporting and economical rights. The player is under contract with the Roman club till the summer of 2018 and had a great season for the club with 12 goals and 6 assists, helping the Eagles to finish in ninth in the 2013/14 Serie A season.
The club released a statement following a deal which read that it had resolved the co-ownership deal for the player in its favor.
The 27 year old, who has now returned to Italy after the former world champions crashed out from the group stages of the World Cup, was linked with big money moves abroad after a strong season with Lazio where he was one of their key players.
According to the Italian media reports, Serie A champions Juventus and French powerhouse Paris Saint Germain were eager to move for the player but with Udinese selling their co-ownership rights, it is now up to the Biancoceleste to decide whether they want to keep the player or cash in on him.
Although the club president has ruled out that the player will not be going anywhere, both the European powerhouses will be keen to test the resolve of the club as they seek to add reinforcements to their squads.
Meanwhile, Lazio has also on the verge of securing the signing of Serbian full back Dusan Basta from Udinese.
A statement on the club website read that they will soon announce the signing of the player once it is confirmed by both parties and the Italian FA.