Cenk Tosun has emerged as a potential target for Serie A outfit SS Lazio should they look to move on Felipe Caicedo, according to Corriere dello Sport via Sport Witness.
The Italian publication ran the claim in the Monday edition of their newspaper, as they detailed the top candidates currently in line to succeed the 30-year-old Ecuadorian at the Olympic Stadium.
Corriere dello Sport adds that Everton chiefs have slapped a €20million (£17.9m) asking price on Tosun, however, Lazio’s Sporting Director Igli Tare expects that figure to drop as the summer window rolls on.
It appears, though, that the Albanian’s scouting mission is still in its preliminary stages, as the 45-year-old is compiling reports on youthful and experienced options that could support Ciro Immobile next season, as the Italian centre-forward would be the only recognised striker in Simone Inzaghi’s ranks if Caicedo moved on.
Alongside Tosun, it is noted that Tare is monitoring SPAL’s £18million-rated Andrea Petagna, SC Freiburg’s German U21 international Luca Waldschmidt, and Gimanasia’s 19-year-old prospect Jan Hurtado.
Tosun’s future does at least appear to be away from Merseyside if a suitable offer comes our way, as the Turkish international failed to set the world alight under Sam Allardyce or Marco Silva, with the Portuguese boss ultimately favouring Dominic Calvert-Lewin toward the end of his inaugural season in charge.
Richarlison was also favoured over Tosun to spearhead our attack at one stage following his summer switch from Watford, leaving 28-year-old Tosun to make just 10 starts in the Premier League last term.