Lazio director Ighli Tare has explained why the club failed to sign Keisuke Honda, Milos Krasic and Nilmar during the January transfer window.
The capital club made attempts to net the trio last month, but were unable to complete swoops for any of the three.
“Our offer for Honda was one of the highest of the winter window,” the Albanian explained on Wednesday.
“I went to Russia myself and we offered €13m and Juan Pablo Carrizo for him. CSKA Moscow didn’t accept the bid.
“Honda was a signing that we wanted to make in the summer, but we tried to bring him in earlier given our problems in midfield.”
After the failure to land the Japanese international, Villarreal’s Brazilian striker Nilmar was targeted on deadline day.
“With about two hours of the window left, President Claudio Lotito agreed an €11m deal,” Tare continued.
“At the last minute Villarreal asked for bank guarantees which were impossible to produce in such a small space of time.”
The former Lazio striker also confirmed whispers that the club were in talks with Juventus for winger Krasic.
“Juve didn’t want to sell him in Italy,” he noted. “The player wanted to come here, even if he changed his stance at the last moment by asking to come on loan for four months. That formula didn’t suit us.”
Tare added that the club sold Djibril Cisse to QPR because the player wanted a capital exit, while Giuseppe Sculli returned to Genoa for personal reasons.
The official also confirmed an interest in Porto’s Fredy Guarin, a player linked with Juve who eventually joined Inter.
“We followed him for some time and we tried to get him after the move to Juve collapsed, but we were not convinced by his physical condition.”