Lotito - Price must be right
Lazio confirm Goran Pandev, Cristian Ledesma and Lorenzo De Silvestri can leave for the right price.
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 05/07/09 9:06pm
Lazio president Claudio Lotito has confirmed that Goran Pandev, Cristian Ledesma and Lorenzo De Silvestri can leave the club if their valuation is met.
The trio have been linked with moves away from the Stadio Olimpico this summer with Pandev and Ledesma almost certain to leave the club.
Pandev, who has scored 48 goals in 159 league games, is said to have interested Juventus and Tottenham while a move to Germany has also been mooted.
Meanwhile Ledesma is thought to be close to a move to Juventus although Inter and Fiorentina have also reportedly expressed an interest.
Youth team graduate De Silvestri could also be on his way out with Genoa linked, leaving Lazio fans fearing the worst ahead of the new season.
However Lotito has promised that the three players will not be sold on the cheap and will only leave if their valuation is met.
"Lazio didn't put Pandev, Ledesma or De Silvestri up for sale," he said. "They want to leave and we agreed a departure for a certain sum.
"Should that sum arrive, they will leave otherwise, they will stay."
Lotito was also quick to put Lazio fans at ease when he stated that new players will be drafted in at some stage during the summer.
"We thought to do a market campaign with only a few changes, but should in the mean time a few players have changed their intentions, Lazio will take note of this," he added.
"But supporters must be tranquil, the players that would have to arrive will be stronger than the ones that will leave."