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Lazio have made an official bid for highly rated Brazilian Hernanes. The 25-year-old is a product of the Brazilian club's academy and Lazio are keen on bringing him to the Stadio Olimpico.

Hernanes has been linked to the Biancocelesti as well as Serie A rivals AC Milan, and is thought to be valued at €10million (£8.4m).

His agent Joseph Lee told La Repubblica: "There is an offer from Lazio and it is serious and I know that San Paolo is considering in the coming days and will decide what to do."

Meanwhile, Italian outfit Palermo have also entered the race to secure Hernanes' services.

The Brazilian may demand a high price, but director of sport Walter Sabatini does not think money will be a problem.

He told "Hernanes is very expensive but very good. If he doesn't arrive, it will not be a cost issue because (chairman, Maurizio) Zamparini has no type of embarrassment in spending money, he could do that easily and has no problems doing so.

"We'll see. For now we have not made any offer for the Brazilian."

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