Antonio Candreva is set to extend his stay with Lazio this summer, but Udinese are reluctant to completely give him up.
The versatile midfielder, who has been on the books at the Zebrette since 2007, has spent the last five years on loan at various clubs.
After spells with Livorno, Juventus, Parma and Cesena, the 25-year-old found himself at Lazio this January, initially on a six-month temporary deal.
It is one that the Biancocelesti are keen to extend in one direction or another, but as Udinese’s sporting director Fabrizio Larini revealed, it won’t be as a permanent deal.
“I don’t think there will be problems [with him staying at Lazio],” he told Lalaziosiamonoi.it.
“They want to keep hold of the player with more or less what had been previously agreed. It shouldn’t be a problem.
“Now, Candreva is on loan, not co-ownership. At the moment, the player is completely Udinese’s, so Lazio will become co-owners when they formalise the agreement in place.
“Is it to purchase him outright? To talk of other things, Lazio first need to at least co-own the player. We will take it one step at a time and I think that right now we will only be sharing.”
Larini denied that the Udine outfit are angling to get striker Libor Kozak come to them as part of any deal for Candreva.