Lazio eye swoop for Sunderland duo

Lazio's head coach Maurizio Sarri
Lazio's head coach Maurizio Sarri. Photo by Shutterstock.

Lazio, under the guidance of Maurizio Sarri, is setting its sights on Sunderland’s dynamic duo Jobe Bellingham and Jack Clarke, aiming to bolster their squad with youthful talent.

Despite only joining the Black Cats last year, 18-year-old Bellingham has rapidly risen to prominence, netting five goals across 33 appearances.

Newcastle United have also been linked with a shock move for Bellingham in recent months.

Clarke, on the other hand, has been turning heads with his exceptional performance on the wing, contributing an impressive 14 goals in 34 games.

After a thwarted £13.5 million bid in January, Lazio remains keen on the 23-year-old former Tottenham winger.

Sunderland’s push for Premier League promotion may complicate Lazio’s pursuit, as the Championship side looks to retain its key assets for the top-flight challenge.

With Lazio’s current season falling short of expectations, Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the club views Bellingham and Clarke as pivotal to rejuvenating their squad ahead of their Coppa Italia semi-final clash with Juventus and a promising Champions League campaign.