Lazio's Youth Movement: Fabiani's Ambitious Plan To Rejuvenate The Squad

Full speed ahead with Lazio’s rejuvenation plan. Sporting director Fabiani has made it clear that the club's objective is to refresh the squad, and the recent signings confirm this strategy. Last season, Lazio had the second oldest team in Serie A with an average age of 28.3 years, trailing only Inter (28.7). Including teams from the top five European leagues, they ranked sixth, behind Rayo Vallecano (29.3), Atletico Madrid (28.8), Cadiz (28.5), and Bochum (28.5). Now, just four days into the official signing campaign, with two new signings confirmed and another on the way, the trend is noticeably reversing. The replacements of Felipe Anderson with Tchaouna, Luis Alberto with Noslin, and the imminent swap of Kamada for Dele-Bashiru have already reduced the average age of the squad from 28.3 to 27.2 years.

This green-line approach for Lazio is a risky change, moving from experienced players with hundreds of goals and assists to relatively unproven talents (Tchaouna with one year, Noslin with six months, and Dele-Bashiru with no Serie A experience). Despite the uncertainty, Fabiani is confident in his choices and aims to bring in two more young players to further lower the squad’s average age. Swapping Hysaj for Cabal would bring the average age down to 26.9, and adding Greenwood—who would join unless Pedro is sold—would lower it to 26.7, nearing the management's goal.

Negotiations with Manchester United for Greenwood are expected to continue, but Lazio will not exceed a 20 million euro offer plus 50% of any future resale. Meanwhile, Dele-Bashiru is expected to sign a five-year contract worth around 1.2 million euros today, with his agents finalizing details with Hatayspor. Future developments will determine further moves, with Cabal’s transfer on hold due to a lack of offers for full-backs like Hysaj.

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