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  19/07/2011: Carrizo, Bonetto, González and Bresciano
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As Argentina’s Copa America plans came to an abrupt end a couple of nights ago, the question where Juan Pablo Carrizo will be spending his time next season once again became a hot topic for Claudio Lotito to solve. According to Buenos Aires based newspaper Olé, Carrizo’s wish is to remain with River Plate and help the club get back to the highest level of Argentinean football. As reported earlier, the club is not only in a bad state regarding the football itself, but also economically they are struggling. With this in mind, it is hard to believe River Plate will have the funds needed to pay for the player and Lazio need to contemplate the next move with care. With Marchetti, Bizzari and Berrardi in the team, Carrizo naturally has no place in Lazio, and in order to reach his preferred option of moving to River it is widely speculated that Carrizo will aim at rescinding his contract with Lazio and join River for free.  It is worth noting Lazio signed Carrizo in 2008 with great hope he would replace Angelo Peruzzi and therefore paid a considerable amount for his services, but the goalie has been loaned out to different teams the last two seasons and never really reached success in Rome.

Speaking of rescinding contracts, Riccardo Bonetto was earlier reported to have reached an agreement with Lotito in order to terminate his current contract with Lazio. Today however, the 32-year old threatened the club by stating he would join at Auronzo di Cadore and start training with the group since an agreement between the player and the club had stalled. The player has no place in the already over-sized squad and with a couple of Serie B sides interested in his services, Bonetto believes he would have a greater chance signing for a new club on a free transfer. In order to solve the situation without further obstacles or misunderstandings occurring, the player and his agent have asked for a meeting with Claudio Lotito today and accordingly the two sides will have a chance to end the relationship as early as tonight.

In order to create the squad size of 26-27 players, which Reja has stated is the goal, Lazio need to search for new destinations for some of the players. Before the second stage of the preparations begins, with a camp in Fiuggi, the hopes are that a handful of players in today’s training camp would have found themselves new homes. While Floccari, Makinwa, Zarate, Garrido and Zauri have all been linked to moves away from Rome this summer, the latest names on departing players are Mark Bresciano and Alvaro González. According to il Tempo the two players are transfer listed by the Lazio president, and hopefully the situation for the two will be solved sooner rather than later. No concrete offers are yet discussed in relation to the two players, but it is believed Bresciano has teams interested both inside and outside Italy, while González after featuring for Uruguay in the Copa America with great result is seen as to have increased his market value considerably compared to when he was brought in last summer. With agent Daniel Fonseca, and the player himself, showing mistrust and disappointment at not getting enough playing time during his first year in Lazio, it is not a far-fetched idea all parties would be happy if a deal is to materialise before the end of the transfer window.

(Khashayar Kashefi)

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