A string of Premier League heavyweights are keeping tabs on Lazio schemer Antonio Candreva, who can play effectively in almost every advanced midfield station.
Currently co-owned by Udinese, the Sunday Express reports that the Biancocelesti are in talks to convince their Serie A rival to give up their stake in the player, who is likely to feature for Italy in the forthcoming World Cup.
According to the Express, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have all registered an interest in the 27-year-old and a summer switch to England could be in the offing.
With seven strikes and five assists in 28 league starts, Candreva has the capability to inject goals, as well as a guile, into the midfield, but won’t command the sort of gargantuan transfer fee a seasoned Champions League pro would.
His importance to the Roman outfit is emphasised through the paltry three wins the club has mustered without him in the side and with passing figures of 2.1 key balls played from an average of 34.56 per outing would endear him to the possession-loving coaches occupying the dugouts at Arsenal and Liverpool, in particular.
These lock-picking abilities are supplemented by an eagerness to contribute goals too – he averages over three shots per game.
Of the three, it’s arguable United need him the most, but the former Ternana star could be the answer to Brendan Rodgers’ wing worries at Anfield.
His passing acumen and his much-praised dribbling prowess (he’s successful 2.9 times per game when running with the ball at his feet) will see him slot in nicely on the Liverpool flanks, where the players of similar mould in Raheem Sterling and Coutinho currently operate.
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