The 2011 Asian Cup's most valuable player is to join the Serie A giants, after reported interest from the likes of Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus fell through
Japan and CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda is to join Serie A side Lazio in a €14 million (£11.8m) transfer, ending weeks of speculation.
According to Sports Nippon, the 25-year-old has agreed terms with the Rome outfit and will join the club pending a medical.
Lazio will formally announce the signing once the Italian side fulfills its quota on non-European Union players.
Yesterday, Honda met with Lazio president Claudio Lotito in Rome after arriving from Barcelona, where he was undergoing rehabilitation on his injured right knee, the newspaper writes.
The move ends weeks of speculation in which several major English clubs including Liverpool, Arsenal and Aston Villa were reported to have shown an interest in Honda during the Asian Cup in January last year.
In June 2011, Juventus reportedly held talks with CSKA Moscow over the midfielder, who was also linked with Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the month.
Honda spent four years at J-League side Nagoya Grampus until 2007, followd by a two-year spell at Dutch club VVV Venlo. He joined CSKA in January 2010, signing a four-year deal, and became the first Japanese player to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League later that year.