Report: Lazio Want Inter Defender Marco Materazzi

The Biancocelesti have sounded out the Nerazzurri over the availability of the Italian international.

Lazio president Claudio Lotito took full advantage of last weekend’s trip to the Stadio San Siro to open talks with Inter over centre-back Marco Materazzi, according to the Corriere dello Sport.

The 2006 World Cup winner, who will turn 36 this summer, has endured a troubled season with the Nerazzurri, being dogged by injury problems and making just 13 appearances in all competitions.

The ‘Matrix’ is said to be interested in a move to the Eternal City outfit. He has supported Lazio since he was a child and could have a chance to play a bigger role at the Stadio Olimpico next season, furthering his chances of returning to the Italian national side ahead of the World Cup in South Africa.

His deal with the Beneamata will run out in June 2010, however, it is suggested that president Massimo Moratti would have no problem releasing the player.

The main stumbling block that must be overcome lies with the former Perugia man’s wages. Materazzi currently earns €3.6 million per year in Milan, which is well beyond the salary cap in place at Formello, where Lotito has been running a tight ship ever since he took charge of the club in 2004.
Vince Masiello,