Reports: Santa Cruz set to join Lazio

Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz appears set to join Lazio on
loan from Manchester City.

Italian media reported on Tuesday that Lazio will pay City ?2
million ($2.5 million) and acquire the option to purchase Santa
Cruz’s full contract at the end of the season for ?4 million ($5
million).

The deal reportedly would require City to continue paying part
of Santa Cruz’s salary, which is more than ?2 million per
season.

Neither club has announced the deal officially yet.

Injuries have affected most of Santa Cruz’s career. He played in
only parts of Paraguay’s run to the World Cup quarterfinals and
scored just three goals in 14 league appearances for City last
season after a $30 million move from Blackburn.