Lazio director Igli Tare reveals Fabio Quagliarella “gave the all-clear for the summer” after refusing a January transfer.
The striker was one of several players who turned down the opportunity to join the Aquile on deadline day.
“The Coach said a number just to give an idea, but it wasn’t 10,” Tare insisted on Sky Sport Italia.
“We spoke to Quagliarella and Sebastian Giovinco, but neither of them wanted to leave Juventus in January.
“Quagliarella gave the all-clear for the summer, so we may well resume those negotiations in June.
“We had a deal in place with Parma to bring in Jonathan Biabiany, but the player preferred to remain where he was.
“Why did so many players turn us down? It’s tough to get players to leave big clubs at the end of January. If we’d had Ederson then we would not have needed anyone else, but with his injury and Hernanes moving to Inter we thought it wise to bring in a forward.
“With Sergio Floccari going to Sassuolo, we brought in Helder Postiga, a player of international experience. Gael Kakuta arrived from Chelsea and has everything it takes to do well.”
Tare also explained why goalkeeper Federico Marchetti is on the bench again today.
“He has been suffering from this muscular problem in his left thigh for four weeks now. It allows him to train, but when it comes time to play he doesn’t feel confident.”
Reja had always insisted Marchetti was not feeling 100 per cent after a stomach bug, so this is a different version of events.