Lazio are desperate to keep excellent playmaker Hernanes…
Arsenal and target playmaker target Hernanes could soon be offered a huge contract extension by Lazio, to ward off interest from the Premier League giants, reports the Daily Star.
“We have a meeting regarding the contract of Hernanes pencilled in for the next few weeks,” said Lazio President Claudio Lotito.
“Am I hopeful? I’m used to dealing with facts. I don’t bandage up my head before breaking it.”
Spurs and their bitter rivals Arsenal both chased the Brazilian in the summer, and could return in January should reports that Hernanes is unwilling to extend his deal in Italy prove true.
Hernanes is a stereotypical no.10. He doesn’t offer much defensively, but is a luxury worth having, as he is the creative hub of nearly everything good that goes through his Italian team.
He enjoys drifting between the lines, and picking up the ball 40 yards from goal. He prefers to play centrally, and feels most natural behind a central striker as the attacking midfielder in a modern 4-3-3 formation.
His passing is simply brilliant. While he is fairly immobile and not very fast, his technical control helps him navigate the football pitch with consummate ease. He can unlock defences with his vision, and isn’t afraid to try ambitious flicks and tricks, either. His set-piece delivery is also a big strength.
Where he’d fit in at Arsenal or Spurs:
Interestingly, the last thing Spurs or the Gunners need is another attacking midfielder! Spurs already have Lewis Holtby, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Moussa Dembele, Christian Eriksen and record signing Erik Lamela (who can’t even get in the team) fighting for one of these spots.
Similarly, Arsenal have Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, and the returning Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott to choose from.