With all the drama that’s been unfolding concerning the transfer of Ben White to Leeds United, it doesn’t really surprise that Marcelo Bielsa has decided to look elsewhere for potential defensive reinforcements.
Apparently, the newly-promoted Premier League side have cast their gaze on Lazio’s Luiz Felipe and have even tabled an offer around £27m. However, as the newest updates from La Lazio Siamo Noi indicate, the Italians have declined the bid and are asking for at least an additional £7m.
Initially they wanted even more than £34m but would be willing to settle for that price if really necessary. But their main goal is to start a bidding war for their 23-year-old defender.
The likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are quoted as interested as well so Lazio plan to take advantage of the situation. They are not in a hurry either and are willing to let the European giants fight for their man.
Felipe, however, has seemingly become expendable in Italy and while his sale would not be extremely necessary or a priority, for such a sum, they wouldn’t mind letting him go.
The market and the current climate may dictate how much the clubs can spend but it seems that Lazio are confident a bidding war can be sparked. And in that scenario, they are the ultimate winners.
The Whites, however, might struggle to keep up with Barcelona and PSG if they really decide to enter the race.
White was always going to be an expensive venture but Felipe might even eclipse him. Of course, it all depends on whether Bielsa will actually have to face the Catalans and the Parisiens for the 23-year-old’s signature.
With three big clubs in the race, Lazio are bound to up the price tag and do everything to get as much money as possible.