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  24/07/2012: The Morning Press
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Corriere dello Sport report that one of Xandao's representatives is in Italy to discuss matters with Claudio Lotito and Igli Tare who returned to Rome last night. An agreement is said to have been found with the player but the Lazio President has to up his offer if he wants to sign the Brazilian centre-back. The newspaper rejects the latest rumours that Lazio may once again be interested in Romelu Lukaku stating that the Belgian is a objective of the pass. They speculate that Sergio Floccari may be kept at Lazio now in favour of loaning Libor Kozak out while Viktor Fischer of Ajax, an 18 year-old Danish striker is being eyed up for a move to Lazio in order to spearhead the Primavera attack.

The Lazio midfield is also the subject of discussion as the newspaper speculate that Petkovic may now realise that he has too few midfielders rather than too many. Nevertheless, it is being suggested that every midfielder understands that they have a role to play and Petkovic is thus keeping the squad united despite the uncertainty over who makes his starting eleven. Corriere dello Sport describe Petkovic's tactics as 'total football'. They look at three formations in great depth 4-4-2, 4-1-4-1 and 4-3-1-2. The 4-4-2 takes an unusual shape as one midfield lies deeper and plays directly behind a seeper forward. This is likely to be Ledesma or Cana behind Mauro Zarate. The 4-1-4-1 is self-explanatory - a holding midfield player protects four aggressive attacking midfielders. The 4-3-1-2 is more akin to a 4-1-2-1-2 as again, a defensive midfielder is utilised to protect the back four and initiate attacks.

Many newspapers give the verdict on Mobido Diakite's injury - 20 days is the expected length of his absence from all parties. Meanwhile, Gazzetta dello Sport have a new rumour for us to get our teeth into. As Genoa now want Beppe Sculli back now that the amtch-fixing scandal has quietened, the speculation is that Lotito will ask for Giandomenico Mesto in exchange. Il Tempo focus on the much spoken interest from Pescara in our players. The list stood at Foggia, Carrizo and Floccari and now Kozak has been added. Finally, La Stampa and Tuttopsort report on Torino's desire to bring Floccari to Turin but they cannot meet Lotito's demands and so the deal is stalled... for now.

These are translations of news items gathered by "oizaL" at
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