Liverpool's hopes of signing Antonio Candreva have been dealt a blow as it has emerged that the Lazio winger will be offered a new contract at the Serie A outfit.
Candreva had his best campaign at the Olimpico last season, and was the top scorer for the Biancocelesti in 2013/14, scoring a career-best 12 goals in the league.
Despite this, Lazio had a poor season, finishing an incredible 29 points and seven positions behind fierce city rivals Roma in ninth place in Serie A, and Candreva was the subject of intense speculation, being linked with moves to the Premier League with Liverpool, as well as reported interest from Arsenal.
But after the window was shut, with Candreva still at the Olimpico, Italian sports newspaper Il Messagero are reporting that Lazio president Claudio Lotito will offer their star player a new contract with a significant pay rise, as well as the captains armband, in the hope to appease not only Candreva, but the Lazio fanbase, who are vocal with their discontent about Lotito.
Candreva would be reportedly paid a basic salary of €2 million net a season until 2019, which equates to around £40,000-a-week in England. However the fact he would be offered the captain armband may be attractive to the Italian international, who would be the first permanent captain of Lazio to be born in Rome since legendary defender Alessandro Nesta.
It would be a blow to both Liverpool and Arsenal, who wanted to sign the 27-year-old, who is known for his speed, crossing and his incredibly powerful shot. As well as 12 goals, Candreva assisted a further nine goals, and also set up Liverpool's Mario Balotelli's winner in the World Cup against England.