Angelo Ogbonna allegedly could leave West Ham United for Lazio in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report from Citta Celeste who suggest that the 33-year-old Hammers centre-back is the most likely new arrival at Lazio before the start of next season.
The 13-capped Italy international is currently out with an ACL injury and will not return to action this season.
Ogbonna is out of contract with West Ham in June this year. It has been widely reported that the Hammers will offer the experienced defender a new deal, however, as a reward for his loyalty and service to the football club (Football.London).
The 33-year-old is a hugely popular figure at the London Stadium.
He joined West Ham from Juventus in the summer of 2015 for around £8.5 million (Daily Mail). His days in East London could well be numbered now though.
West Ham ace Angelo Ogbonna on Lazio’s radar
If the 33-year-old fails to sign a new deal with the Hammers he could join Lazio in the summer transfer window according to a report from Citta Celeste.
Ogbonna could be set to return to Italy after seven years in England, with Citta Celeste claiming that he is the player most likely to join Maurizio Sarri’s side before the start of next season.
It would be a real shame to see Oggy leave.
He has been such a great servant for West Ham, but there’s no room for sentiment at the very highest level of the game.
Coming back from such a serious injury at his age and returning to an elite level will be incredibly challenging.
Ogbonna currently earns £70k-a-week at the London Stadium (Spotrac). Offering him a similar deal would be a big commitment from the Hammers and somewhat of a risk. Who’s to say that Ogbonna won’t break down again with a similar injury?
As good as the Italian has been for West Ham, perhaps now is the right time for both the club and the player to part ways.
A return back to his homeland would be the ideal outcome for all parties involved. It would still be hard to wave goodbye to one of our best players in recent years.
It might just be the most prudent move from the Hammers though.