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Lazio: Salary cap not a weakness Monday 20 May, 2002

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Lazio Vice-President Michele Uva has maintained that the club’s use of a salary cap will not see the squad weakened.

The capital outfit have confirmed that they will set themselves a wage limit and reduce the size of their squad to cut costs.

"Without a doubt we need to start spending less money. Here at Lazio we have set a salary cap of 77m Euros. From now on contracts will be linked with results and we also plan to reduce our squad from 31 players to 25," Uva told Radio Anch’Io.

"In the past few years there have been a number of things which have changed the football world like the Bosman ruling. This has then had an effect on contracts.

"The salary cap will not jeopardise the strength of the squad. And it is only right that our economical levels should be on a par with our sporting results."

Uva argued that the Lazio project was not as drastic as many may believe. "Let’s not call it a revolution because it is simply the club taking a new strategy which will enable us to get to the highest levels for as long as possible."

Speculation in the capital had suggested that the side could sell either Hernan Crespo or Alessandro Nesta to help cut costs and increase the transfer kitty.

The Italian defender has been heavily linked with Juventus and Inter recently and is keen for his future to be resolved.

"The dialogue with Nesta is still open," commented Uva. "He is part of our plans and the President Sergio Cragnotti is personally taking care of the situation."

Meanwhile, other transfer reports suggest that Crespo is a summer target for Barcelona. The Spaniards are set to offer Rivaldo – whose contract expires in 2003 – for the Argentine.

The Brazilian has been linked with the Biancocelesti on a number of occasions in the past but his annual salary could see the move fall through.
 
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