Lazio keeping tabs on Sevilla duo Rakitic & Perotti

The Biancocelesti are already planning for next season and have set their sights on the Croatia international and Argentine winger

By Elia Raimondo

Lazio are closely monitoring the situation of Diego Perotti and Ivan Rakitic at Sevilla as they aim to add some fresh blood to their squad in the summer transfer window, can reveal.

The Stadio Olimpico side have been in impressive form this season as they challenge for the Champions League places, and club president Claudio Lotito is keen to further strengthen his squad.

Lotito has made the 24-year-old Perotti one of his primary targets on the transfer market, and is willing to offer up to €8 million for the Argentine winger.

Perotti has a contract with Sevilla until the summer of 2015, but could be tempted to leave the club if they fail to qualify for European football again this term.

Rakitic, meanwhile, is seemingly ready to leave Sevilla as well and could now end up in Serie A after previously being linked to clubs including Inter and Juventus.

The Croatia international has an ongoing contract with his current club, but an offer in the region of €13m could be enough to lure him away from Sevilla.

Much will depend on whether Lazio qualify for next year’s Champions League, though, as the extra income from European club football’s elite competition could be vital in their transfer policy.