S.S. Lazio have signed Nikola Lazetic as a replacement for the Spain-bound Christian Manfredini.
Passed a medical
The 25-year-old passed a medical at the Stadio Olimpico today and goes straight into Roberto Mancini's squad for Lazio's next Serie A fixture, which ironically is against Chievo on Sunday. Lazetic joined Como Calcio from Turkish side Fenerbahçe SK in the summer, signing a four-year deal, but was loaned out to Chievo for the season in September.
UEFA Cup defeat
He did not feature in the UEFA Cup first-round defeat by another of his former clubs, FK Crvena Zvezda, but has played eleven times for the Verona club this season. A former FK Vojvodina and FK Obilic player, Lazetic has played in both of Yugoslavia's UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying matches to date, a 1-1 draw in Italy and 2a -0 defeat of Finland.
Tipped for greatness
Lazetic will spend the rest of the season on loan at Lazio from Chievo, although Como will retain his registration. Manfredini will also see the season out at his new club, mid-table Primera División side Osasuna, after failing to secure a regular starting berth at Lazio. The 27-year-old was tipped for great things in Rome after a wonderful debut season in Serie A with Chievo, but played just three league games in the sky blue of Lazio.
Born in the Ivory Coast, Manfredini will hope that his Spanish sojourn will see him recalled to the Italy fold after he was called up for the Azzurri for a friendly against Lithuania in 2002. The left-sided midfielder has previously played for numerous clubs in Italy, many in the lower leagues, including AC Pistoiese, US Viterbese, AS Avezzano, Fermana Calcio, Cosenza Calcio and Genoa 1893.