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 $2.5

million and acquire the option to purchase Santa Cruz’s full

contract at the end of the season for $5 million.

The deal reportedly would require City to continue paying part

of Santa Cruz’s salary, which is more than 2 million pounds per


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.