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Former Grêmio striker Maxi López claims he was close to joining Lazio before signing with Catania

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Former Grêmio striker Maxi López has claimed that he was close to joining Lazio before signing with Catania.

The Buenos Aires native moved to Italy in January 2010 after impressing at Grêmio during a spell on loan from FC Moscow.

Speaking before Catania’s trip to Lazio on Sunday, López admitted he nearly moved to the Biancocelesti and insists only a win will do for Rolando Maran’s struggling side.

“Other than its historical significance, for me personally the Olimpico is a very important ground,” he told Il Secolo XIX.

“I scored my first ever goal in Italy there while playing for Catania. It was also Catania’s first ever away win over Lazio and in the opposing technical area was [Siniša] Mihajlović!

“I was also very close to signing for Lazio, but in the end negotiations broke down and I went to Catania.

“On Sunday we will go to the Olimipco knowing what our strengths are. We want to improve our league position.

“We will play to win and if the Lazio fans aren’t there, that will only be better for us.”


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