Lazio, Jesper Karlsson breaks in: from the cup nightmare to the new goal
The club are looking to bring Az’s Swede, Lazio’s ‘justice’ in the Conference League, to the Biancoceleste
Lazio knows him well. Painfully good. Because he (not only him, but above all he) was the one who kicked her out of Europe a few weeks ago. A “break” that Jesper Karlsson could cancel in the coming months and replace with so many joys that he can give away to those who are interested in the Biancocelesti colors. Yes, because the Rome club have their sights set on him and are trying to bring him to Formello for next season. His name has been on the list of possible reinforcements for Sarri’s advanced division for some time. However, after the direct contact of the past few weeks in the Conference League, interest has grown exponentially. Because up close, Karlsson confirmed (for the better) the good things that were already known about him.
In the doubles game of the second round of the Conference League between his Az and Lazio, Karlsson was man of the match in both the first leg in Rome and the second leg in Alkmaar and was instrumental in the Dutch team’s 2-1 double win. With two assists in the game at the Olimpico, with a goal and an assist in the game in the Netherlands. Its switchbacks on the left have constantly thrown the Lazio rearguard into a crisis, also because they are punctuated by technique and speed. A magic moment that Karlsson continued in the national team when he scored his first goal for Sweden (in his tenth appearance) in the last few days (in the game against Azerbaijan). He scored it with a masterful right-footed free-kick. That’s his foot, even if he’s playing with his left foot. But he also kicks well with his left foot and thanks to this flexibility he manages to produce goals and assists on an industrial scale. Always with Sweden, before the goal against Azerbaijan he had already packed 3 assists. And with the U21 team he scored 6 goals in just 5 games. Even more impressive are the numbers with his club team. He has been at Az Alkmaar since 2020 and has scored 43 goals and provided 33 assists in just under three seasons between the Dutch league and various cups.
Numbers that make him an ideal 4-3-3 player. It’s no coincidence that Maurizio Sarri would love to welcome him to Formello. Next season, especially if the Champions League goal is reached, Lazio will need four interchangeable attacking wingers. Karlsson would be the ideal alternative to Zaccagni and maybe also to Anderson because he could also be deflected to the right flank. However, bringing him to the Biancoceleste is not that easy. Recent performances have drawn the attention of many European clubs and consequently increased the cost of his card. Az bought him from Elfsborg three years ago for 2.5 million. Now he’s asking about twenty to sell it, certainly not a trivial number. Also, you have to beware of the competition from a prestigious club like Benfica, who follow him with great interest. And Fiorentina are also beginning to approach the Swedish attacker. On the other hand, the question of hiring the player, whose power of attorney is entrusted to Alessandro Lucci’s WSA, is simpler: at Az Alkmaar, Karlsson has an annual salary of 700,000 euros plus bonuses, a number that can easily be improved.
April 1 – 09:49
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