Lazio sporting director Igil Tare has admitted that the club may have made an error in turning down an offer for Felipe Anderson from Manchrster United.
The Red Devils did not follow up their offer with a formal bid for the Brazilian in the January transfer window.
The Italian club have stuttered this season, sitting in seventh place.
They are thirteen points adrift from the Champions League places, and Tare reckons that a failure to freshen up the squad may have played a part in that.
“Yes, it could’ve been a mistake not to sell anyone, but I can say that the idea to refuse €50m (£37.6m) for Felipe Anderson was because we strongly wanted to give consistency to this project,” Tare told Corriere dello Sport.
“The top three is a possibility. Last year we showed that by focusing on clear ideas and a clear project.
“It’s true that turnover counts for a lot, but the conviction to be on the right path also counts, even at times when the results don’t arrive.
“The most important thing is to bring Lazio to that level. The Napoli side of a few years ago is a good example for me.“
By Steve Osborne @BlizzardSteve75