Lazio sporting director Igli Tare is confident Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira will join the club “in the next two or three days”.
Sky in Italy are reporting Lazio want to sign Pereira on a season-long loan with an obligation to buy next summer for €15m (£13.6m).
However, the Rome-based club will first need to offload striker Felipe Caicedo, formerly at Manchester City, to make way for Pereira in the squad.
Lazio head coach Simone Inzaghi has said Pereira, 24, is a “quality player” who would give “a big helping hand” to his side.
Pereira has been left out of the matchday squad for United’s first two Premier League games of the season against Brighton and Crystal Palace as well as for their Carabao Cup tie at Luton in midweek.
The midfielder’s chances of first-team minutes under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer look increasingly slim following the arrival of Donny van de Beek in a £39m deal from Ajax.
Lazio are looking for reinforcements in midfield after missing out on David Silva, who decided to join La Liga side Real Sociedad following his exit from Manchester City.
The United academy product, who had loan spells in Spain with Granada and Valencia, made 40 appearances last season, scoring two goals and recording four assists.
Meanwhile, Dan James has told Solskjaer he wants to stay at Old Trafford and fight for his place, despite an offer from Leeds United to take him on loan.
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