Lazio Slam £8m Price Tag on Onazi

Lazio have said they are ready to allow Nigeria midfielder Ogeny Onazi leave but only for the right price.

The Italian club have placed a €10 million (about £8m) price tag on the former My People FC playmaker.

The 21-year-old is reportedly not satisfied with the terms of his contract at the Serie A club, with the player’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, demanding for an improved deal or, better still, lower their valuation of his client.

Onazi Celebrates Scoring for Lazio in a Europa Cup Last-Sixteen Win Against  VFB Stuttgart.
Onazi Celebrates Scoring for Lazio in a Europa Cup Last-Sixteen Win Against VFB Stuttgart.

Ogenyi earns just US $268,000 per year- one of the lowest earner at the Rome club. His agent wants Lazio to recognise the player as an emerging star in world football, but the Italian outfit are bent on selling big.

English Premier League clubs; Everton, Southampton and Sunderland are among a host of European outfits to have indicated interest in the Nigerian.

However, interested clubs- including some in the Bundesliga and La Liga- are adamant to pay Lazio their asking price.

Meanwhile the Italian club are keen on receiving offers for Onazi, mindful of the fact he could leave on a free at the end of the 2015/16 season, when his current deal expires.

Onazi, who has made a total of 22 appearances for Nigeria, rose through the U-17 and U-20 youth levels. He made his senior debut in October 2012 in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Liberia.

He played in all four of Nigeria’s matches at the 2014 World Cup. He has recovered from the injury he suffered during the country’s last-16 ouster against France.

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