Liverpool transfers: Antonio Candreva is not for sale, say Lazio

Liverpool transfers: Lazio president Claudio Lotito says Antonio Candreva is not for sale in the summer window

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Antonio Candreva has fast become one of the hottest properties at the World Cup – but Lazio have insisted the playmaker is not for sale.

The 27-year-old was irrepressible in Italy’s Group D opener as the Lazio midfielder ensured England left-back Leighton Baines had an uncomfortable 90 minutes in the 2-1 loss.

The Italy midfielder delivered the cross which led to Mario Balotelli’s winner in the 49th minute after Daniel Sturridge had cancelled out Claudio Marchisio’s opener in Manaus.

However, Lazio president Claudio Lotito attempted to deter the circling European clubs, including Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain, by insisting the Eagles star is not for sale.

“Candreva is not for sale,” Lotito said to Italian radio station Radio Due.

“We have not spoken to anyone from PSG and we have not received any offers.”

Candreva, who scored 12 goals and made nine assists in Serie A this season, fuelled speculation surrounding his future after the Italy international admitted he wants to play in the Champions League next season.

“A player’s ambitions are to do good things and to play at the best clubs and to play in the Champions League,” said Candreva.

“I hope to play a good World Cup, then I’ll be happy about what will happen.”

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