Cragnotti: I want Veron and Rivaldo
By Nic Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Newcastle have been linked to the Brazilian maestro, although it would appear that the financial implications are a little beyond The Magpies, even with a Champions League run.
Now Lazio have taken up the mantle, although they too seem to be unhappy with some of the terms of Rivaldo's contract and are cautiously inching towards an offer.
Cragnotti said: "We have a preferential option on Rivaldo, signed with Barcelona, that expires on July 10 and we want to have him in the team.
"He has another year on his contract with Barcelona, although we have an option to deal for him and must see if we can agree a new contract with him.
"Lazio will not be weaker, on the contrary we will be stronger. The past season was negative because some players were against the club and wanted poor results, and for that kind of players there is no more room at Lazio.
"I do not exclude the possibility of having both Rivaldo and Juan Sebastian Veron in the team."
According to Italian sources, Lazio still owe their players and other teams for outstanding transfers and may have to sort out some financial matters before proceeding.