Lazio president Sergio Cragnotti claims that he has found a buyer for the cash-strapped club, after it emerged that he was being forced to offload the biancoceleste to reduce the debts of the Lazio’s owners, Cirio.

Lazio have been enduring financial problems in recent times and were forced to sell a number of their leading players in the summer in a bid to ease crippling debts. Moreover, they still owe money on several transfers, most notably to Manchester United and Valencia for the signings of Jaap Stam and Gaixka Menndieta resppectively.

Cragnotti, who has come in for ferocious criticism from the club’s supporters in recent seasons, admitted he had no choice but to put the club up for sale.

“I have to sell for the good of Lazio and also because I have to safeguard the club, Cirio, shareholders and workers,” said Cragnotti.

“As for the current situation, there are clear ideas,’ he added.

“There is a buyer and a project. To our supporters, I ask them to stay close to the team, especially in this moment.”