Lazio President Claudio Lotito warned he “will not sell the crown jewels” and has offered Hernanes a new deal.
“We are building an even more competitive squad while safeguarding the economic balance of the club,” he told the Corriere dello Sport.
“Lazio start at a disadvantage compared to the other teams, as every year we have to honour an instalment of the taxes not paid by the previous owners worth €6m.”
Despite that situation, the Biancocelesti are eager to keep hold of their top players, above all Hernanes.
“At the end of the transfer market we’ll see what is to be done. There is collaboration with the player and his representatives.
“We want to continue together and it seems to me the player is also open to this possibility. What if a crazy offer arrived? Nobody has knocked on my door for Hernanes.
“Besides, the objective is certainly not to get rid of Hernanes. Lazio do not sell the crown jewels.”
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