Dele-Bashiru: New deal structure emerges as Lazio and Hatayspor finally reach agreement

Emerging reports from Italy indicate that Lazio have agreed to a loan deal with Hatayspor for the services of Nigerian international Fisayo Dele-Bashiru.

The Serie A side have been on the trail of the midfielder after his impressive debut season in the Turkish top flight.

A product of the Manchester City academy, he enjoyed his most prolific season to date, scoring nine goals and providing six assists across all competitions, finishing as the club’s joint-top scorer.

Dele-Bashiru: New deal structure emerges as Lazio and Hatayspor finally reach agreement
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The 23-year-old joined Hatayspor from Sheffield Wednesday in July last year on a three-year deal, but is already on the radar of several clubs.

From permanent to loan: Lazio finalise agreement for Dele-Bashiru

Latest reports suggest that Lazio and Hatayspor have reached an agreement for a €2 million loan deal, with a €4 million buy option.

Initially, it was reported that Dele-Bashiru would join the Serie A side permanently for around €6 million. However, according to Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla as reported by beIN Sports, Le Aquile were only willing to offer €5 million for the midfielder.

The latest update indicates that the Biancocelesti have settled on a loan arrangement with an option to buy. Dele-Bashiru is expected to arrive in Italy in the coming days to undergo medical tests and finalise the transfer.

Lazio and Hatayspor agree on €2 million loan deal for Fisayo Dele-Bashiru
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Dele-Bashiru's stock is currently at its highest: he scored his maiden Super Eagles goal in the 2026 World Cup qualifier against South Africa at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in early June.

He then got injured later in the game and subsequently missed Nigeria's 2-1 defeat to Benin.

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