Gabriel Paletta was supposed to go to Lazio but he changed his mind today and now looks set to stay for another season.
After Gustavo Gomez’s Fenerbahçe move was skipped earlier this week, it seemed certain that Paletta would leave Milan for Lazio, but the mercato is unpredictable, and today the move fell through.
Milan and Lazio already reached an agreement for around €2.5m for the full ownership of Paletta, whose contract with the Diavolo expires in 2018, but the player – after reflections – decided he was unconvinced of the Lazio option so as things stand now, the transfer is completely off the table.
“He will stay at Milan, he’s not going to Lazio,” agent Martin Guastadisegno told Sportitalia. Speaking to Milannews.it, Guastadisegno, who arrived to Italy specifically for this deal, added: “We had talked about it, then got closer to Lazio. Gabriel made his initial request and never moved from that. Unfortunately, we’re a long way off: he would like to go, but Lazio won’t reach what we asked for. He would’ve made an incredible effort to make it happen, but unfortunately it can’t.”
The ‘request’ of Paletta that Lazio wouldn’t meet is regarding the length of his contract as he wanted three years. Unless something changes in the next day, Paletta, 31, will stay and be another option.