Lazio president 'gets death threats'
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Lazio president Claudio Lotito has received death threats for failing to sign Burak Yilmaz from Galatasaray this summer, according to a report in Italy.
A move for the Turkish striker did not go through with Lazio blaming the demands of the player’s agent for ruining the deal on transfer deadline day, but the Serie A club’s fans have pinned the blame on Lotito, who has received death threats, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport.
Similar messages have been sent to the club’s director of sport, Igli Tare, for not completing the deal.
But the Biancoceleste’s transfer intermediary Valerio Antonini, who was liaising between the Rome club and Yilmaz’s agent, as well as the Turkish club, has confirmed that it was only the player’s agent who scuppered the agreement.
“It was everybody’s intention to bring him to Rome,” Antonini told Lazio Style Radio. “Indeed, it was the agent who tried to extort Lotito when he knew of the agreement between Burak and with Galatasaray.
“The final offer was €11 million plus €4 million in bonuses, and it was accepted by Galatasaray. The agent then made an exaggerated demand for commission, in fact he asked for €2.5 million. That’s why the negotiations ended. President Lotito had accepted a commission of 5% and the agent asked for precisely double.
“Even Galatasaray’s president was disappointed and shocked by Burak’s agent’s demands.”
In the end, Lazio signed Brayan Perea from Deportivo Cali, who is aware that the club’s fans really wanted Burak Yilmaz.
“I know there will be lots of pressure and expectations, particularly after what has happened these days, but I have no fear and I can’t wait to get started,” said the Colombian in Il Messaggero. “This is a big chance for me and I’ll give it everything I’ve got.”