Yazici, from Lazio's offer to signing with Lille - Corriere dello Sport

Yazici, from Lazio's offer to signing with Lille - Corriere dello Sport

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The Turkish midfielder, 22, was the first candidate for the replacement of Milinkovic-Savic, who touched Manchester United in the summer. It cost 16 million and seeks consecration in France.

ROME - In the interlocking game that was being planned in the summer, during the hottest days of the market, Yusuf Yazici seemed destined to occupy the Milinkovic-Savic box in Lazio. A complex tour, drawn on paper. Parallel negotiations, the search for the right coordinates for a domino that involved the cross movement of a series of pawns: Real Madrid had booked Paul Pogba, Manchester United was ready to replace him with the Serbian midfielder and Lotito's club had thought of delivering the Turkish to Inzaghi. But the hitches were not lacking: President Florentino Perez, after spending almost 300 million, did not bow to Zidane's pressure on Pogba, who is now reflecting on Manchester United's proposal to extend the contract due to expire in 2021, while Yazici he was sold by Trabzonspor in France to Lille, who finished second in the last Ligue 1 championship and engaged in the Champions League group stage.

THE IDEA OF TARE - Yazici is another of the discoveries of the sports director Igli Tare, who considered it perfect to repeat the growth path followed by Milinkovic in Rome. Lazio was willing to invest the sixteen million euros spent by Lille on this half. Trabzonspor and President Ahmet Agaoglu also guaranteed 20% of their future resale. Yazici is evolving, he is 22 years old, he was born in Trabzon on January 29, 1997. Same role as Milinkovic. Less muscular and physical, however, compared to the Serbian: a meter and 85, repertoire as a playmaker, left-handed, brilliant on punishment, but also effective in the construction phase. In France he seeks his degree. He touched a goal on his debut, on August 11th, against Nantes, with a magic from the edge of the area, still managing to make the difference in the 2-1 victory: his copyright in the action of doubling the attacker Victor Osimhen, twenty years old, Nigerian, heir of Nicolás Pepe, chased for a long time by Naples and sold to Arsenal for eighty million.

THE RED CARD - An inspired start, with the red bow, littered with the expulsion remedied against Reims on the fourth day for a double yellow card. Technician Christophe Galtier is working to integrate it into his 4-2-3-1. In his debut in the Champions League with Ajax and in the championship match with Rennes he made him start from the bench, waiting to propose him for eighty-one minutes in the role of mezzala on Wednesday 25 against Strasbourg, a game won by 2-0 with goals by Victor Osimhen and Loïc Remy. Yazici is learning to speak French. He signed a contract until 2024. And at the beginning of August he greeted the fans of Trabzonspor with a shiver, a relationship that blossomed when he was eight years old: in Turkey they say that it took him a minute to convince the leaders.

THE FAMILY - He is the second of three brothers: the largest is called Cihan and the smallest Furkan. With his first money as a footballer, he gave dad Ismail and mom Sebahat an elegant apartment. Continue to follow Trabzonspor with affection. Four coaches have had the greatest impact on his climb: Ersun Yanal, Riza Calimbay, Hami Mandirali and Ünal Karaman. It is the jewel of the Turkish national team: sixteen appearances, five assists and a goal for Moldova, in the appointment of 10 September in Chisinau (0-4) for the 2020 European qualifiers. It had been launched by Fatih Terim and now governs the midfield of coach Senol Günes.