Honda Lazio deal collapses

01 February 2012 10:46

Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda will stay at CSKA Moscow after their talks with Serie-A side Lazio over his transfer collapsed, news reports said Wednesday.

The Russian outfit were asking 16 million euro ($21 million) from Lazio, but the Italian side's offer fell short as the winter transfer window closed on Tuesday, the reports said.

CSKA had also wanted the money in a lump sum but Lazio offered to pay it in several installments, the reports said.

Earlier reports had said the two clubs agreed to a 14-million-euro fee for the 2011 Asian Cup's most valuable player, who has two years left on his contract with CSKA.

Since he moved to Moscow from Dutch club VVV Venlo at the start of 2010, Honda has been linked with European giants such as Arsenal, Liverpool and AC Milan. Newly-minted Paris Saint-Germain emerged as a possible buyer earlier in January.

The 25-year-old was the driving force behind the Blue Samurai when they reached the last 16 at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and won a fourth Asian Cup title last year.

Source: AFP

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