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  02/09/2013: What to expect on Deadline Day?
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This deadline day is shaping up to be as tense a transfer window close as you can get as many of Europe's top clubs look to conclude some last minute bargains/panic buys. In Serie A, there are a number of deals in the pipeline and Lazio seem to have more on the cards than fans were perhaps expecting. With 15 hours to go until the close of the transfer window, there are four deals in particular that look set to go through.

Burak Yilmaz to Lazio
There is a lot of speculation on this one, and with Lazio's track record, pessimism is understandable but this deal is set to go through from what I can tell. As I see it, Galatasaray are playing the game with Lazio. The Turkish club have informed the media that there is no fallout between Yilmaz and Galatasaray's iconic coach, Fatih Terim, but the club have been less clear about whether Yilmaz will remain or not. Meanwhile, Lotito is desperately trying to convince everyone that there are no negotiations for Yilmaz.

The most likely explanation for this weird behaviour is that Galatasaray are intent on selling Yilmaz, but are hoping for the bid to be hijacked by another club at the last minute. By insisting all is well with Yilmaz in their camp, they are keeping the price high but by not rejecting the speculation, and by keeping this saga going to the final day, they are welcoming a higher offer. It is also entirely possible that the 'agreement' between Lazio and Galatasaray on price and the issues over installments was leaked to the press by the Turkish club. By doing so, they have sent out a clear message that Yilmaz is available to the highest bidder. On the other side of the perimeter, Lotito's tone is of a president who fears that the deal could be hijacked. Lazio are surely thinking that 13 million is a bargain price for one of Europe's prolific hitmen while Galatasaray will be confident that they can realise their objectives without Yilmaz. With that in mind, this is a win-win deal for both parties which should go through as it stands. But there is always time for one late higher bidder and I think the fear of that is very real.

Etrit Berisha to Lazio
'Official' according to some media outlets but in truth, Berisha is far from an official signing. The situation is straight-forward - Kalmar FF have an agreement with Lazio to transfer the player to Rome and Berisha wants to join and now that the player's Sweidsh passport has come through, the deal can be finalised. However, Chievo are convinced that Berisha has signed a pre-contract agreement with them and they are fighting to see the Lazio - Kalmar deal called off. So far, Lazio have keenly avoided commenting on the issue. This could be another long, drawn out saga but Chievo and Lazio seem to have a decent relationship and it would not surprise me if Albano Bizzarri is sent to Chievo today as a means of compensation.

Libor Kozak to Aston Villa
Kozak was dropped at the weekend which suggests that he is on his way out. More to the point, it suggests that Lazio have an offer on the table. Overnight, it has emerged in the media that Aston Villa are the bidders and that they may even be prepared to meet Lotito's 8 million euro asking price. If true, I firmly expect this deal to be completed in order to generate the cash for Yilmaz. 

Antonio Rozzi to Real Madrid B
Shocked, surprised and saddened at the revelation that Rozzi could be about to leave Rome for Madrid. Given his lack of opportunities at Lazio, it is a surprise that Real Madrid have come calling. It seems as though they want to give Rozzi a chance to shine for their B team and if he lives up to expectations, a season-long loan will be converted in a permanent transfer worth 6 million euro. In the context of football being a business rather than a sport these days, this is a no-brainer for Lotito or any business-minded president. However, Lazio cannot afford to sell both Kozak and Rozzi today without bringing in another striker and therefore Rozzi's transfer to Real Madrid may hinge on the successful signing of Burak Yilmaz. Especially now as Fabio Quagliarella looks set to join West Bromwich Albion with Alberto Gilardino heading to Turin as his replacement. The options are narrowing and I think that fact may be the only thing that can hold back Rozzi to Real.

Author: C
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