Zarate nears Lazio switch

Argentine ace jets into Italy to seal Lazio move

Zarate: Happy

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Argentine striker Mauro Zarate has arrived in Rome ahead of his protracted move to Lazio.

The 21-year-old finished last season on loan with Birmingham City, but was unable to help the Premier League outfit retain their top-flight status.

The Al-Sadd youngster now has two days to settle in Rome before undergoing a routine medical on Monday morning and finalising his switch.

Lazio have agreed a loan worth £2.4million that includes the option of securing a permanent transfer within a three-year period.

Happy

"I am happy to be in Rome," said Zarate after jetting in from Buenos Aires.

"I chose Lazio because it is a great club. Now I am getting ready to attend pre-season training."

Zarate will be Lazio's second signing within the space of a few days after they wrapped up the capture of Libor Kozak on Saturday.

The 19-year-old striker, who scored 11 goals last season, has joined from Czech second division outfit SFC Opava on a five-year contract.