Inter could end up pursuing one of Simone Inzaghi’s former Lazio players to replace Achraf Hakimi, according to a report in the Italian media.
FcInterNews.it said Manuel Lazzarri could be forced to consider his future with the Biancocelesti if Maurizio Sarri became their new head coach.
Sarri’s system would not accommodate an attacking wing-back like Lazzari and it would not make sense for Claudio Lotito to keep a player who didn’t fit anywhere in the side.
Inzaghi, who was officially confirmed as Inter’s new head coach today, would gladly welcome a reunion with Lazzari after helping him develop in the capital.
Lotito could prove an obstacle to any deal for Lazzari, the report admitted, after Inzaghi controversially went back on his word and accepted the Nerazzurri’s offer after verbally agreeing a new contract with Lotito.
Lazio’s president could well make an unreasonable request for the 27-year-old to deny Inter a deal, but Sarri is likely to want wide men who are better suited to his system if he arrives.
Lazzari is therefore another name to be kept in consideration as a successor to Hakimi, who is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain at some point this month.
In terms of Inter’s other options, Emerson Royal was never really a possibility, Davide Zappacosta has been offered to the club and Nahitan Nandez could be included in a deal with Cagliari for Radja Nainggolan.