Dacourt set to join Lazio in dramatic u-turn


Olivier Dacourt is on the brink of performing a dramatic transfer U-turn by joining Italian giants Lazio this summer.

Just three weeks ago, Dacourt was the subject of discussions in Rome between Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale and Lazio owner Sergio Cragnotti, during which a Stg£16million bid was made and later confirmed in writing.

But Dacourt was left stunned and angry by the fact no-one at Leeds had considered asking him for his thoughts on his future and at the time he categorically stated he would not be leaving Elland Road.

However, personal terms are currently being discussed between Dacourt's agent, Bruno Satin, and the Cragnottis, which is proving the only stumbling block to the deal.

Dacourt is understood to be looking for double the current Stg£25,000 per week he now earns with Leeds after signing a new, revised contract last summer, with Lazio unwilling to pay.

But the two parties are drawing closer to striking a deal as general director Massimo Cragnotti told PA International: "We have not yet reached an agreement with the player, but we are still talking."

If Dacourt does agree to quit Leeds, it would represent the first part of a double midfield swoop for Lazio as they are also chasing Juventus' Edgar Davids.