The Juventus coach Del Neri has played down the importance of the match between Lazio and Juventus. Lazio and Juventus occupy third and fourth place respectively in Serie A - with the former three points ahead of their Sunday opponents.

The Romans have been in a rich vein of form this season with a 3-1 win over Inter Milan last weekend ample evidence of their potential. While pundits are casting their clash with the Bianconeri a pivotal point in the season, Juve coach Del Neri does not think so.

Lazio boss Reja has said that he is more than happy with the current second place for the club. The Biancocelesti were the surprise Serie A leaders, but now that they are ‘only’ in second place, the media is more focused on other sides.

“We don’t fit in with the important clubs and evidently the media consider us to be smaller compared with Inter, Milan, Juventus and Roma,” said Reja.

Lazio president Claudio Lotito has denied rumours linking Zarate with Spurs. The Argentine striker has been consistently linked with a host of Europe's top clubs after becoming one of the Rome-based side's key players.

Despite Spurs' significant squad size, Harry Redknapp may consider reinforcing his forward line. However Zarate, who had a successful spell with Birmingham in 2008, is not up for sale according to Lotito.

Lazio have switched their attentions to Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz after giving up on Juventus' David Trezeguet. Il Corriere dello Sport reports that Lazio have reached an agreement with City based on a loan with the option to buy the player at €8 million [£6.56m] when the deal expires.

Santa Cruz earns around €2m [£1.64m] per annum but Lazio want City to cover some of that during the loan - a detail that has held up the move, allowing Fiorentina and Newcastle United the chance to move into the equation.

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."

Gaetano D’Agostino may be on his way out of Udinese this summer and his representative admits that Lazio are in the driving seat to secure his services.

“Lazio are one of the teams that have never hidden their interest in D’Agostino,” agent Franco Zavaglia told Radio Radio.

But the Eternal City outfit are unlikely to make a move for D’Agostino during the transfer window if they decide to keep hold of playmaker Cristian Ledesma.

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Lazio president Claudio Lotito has insisted "the sportsmanship and integrity of the club and players cannot be in doubt".

Lotito has rallied against widespread criticism of the team's performance against Inter Milan on Sunday. The Biancoceleste lost 2-0 to an Inter side who are challenging for the Scudetto against Lazio's bitter rivals Roma.

The home fans at the Stadio Olimpico were cheering for Inter, leading to accusations Lazio had rolled over to hinder Roma's title aspirations.


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