United offered Crespo
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Italian outfit are desperate to raise funds to ease their financial crisis and Crespo is one of their most saleable commodities.
With defender Alessandro Nesta seemingly set to stay at Stadio Olimpico, Lazio's need for money is even more pressing and the Crespo rumours have once more been regurgitated.
Crespo's agent Fernando Hidalgo is in England, sparking suggestions he could be heading to Old Trafford to discuss a move for the Argentine marksman.
Hidalgo also represents central defender Roberto Ayala and the Valencia man has been linked with a switch to The Red Devils or Leeds United.
Former Parma hit-man Crespo cost Lazio £35 million and the biancoceleste are highly unlikely to reap that figure back, even though United are not short of funds.
Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has made landing a defender his priority this summer, with Rio Ferdinand the prime target, and that would account for the bulk of his transfer kitty.
Flamboyant striker Dwight Yorke is heading for the Old Trafford exit door and Ferguson can be expected to scour the continent for a replacement but whether he would countenance an ambitious swoop for Crespo is questionable.
The main benefit of United capturing Crespo would be to assuage fears of Juan Sebastian Veron rejoining Lazio as the duo are best friends.
Meanwhile, United have arranged a friendly against Argentinian giants Boca Junios to be played at Old Trafford on August 10 in aid of UNICEF.