Tensions are high ahead of the ever-fiery Derby della Capitale, which could be the last for a number of key figures at both Roma and Lazio.

The two Roman clubs are in the thick of the race for a top four finish this season, making the upcoming derby worth more than just three points, not forgetting about the usual bragging rights that accompany a victory.

The Derby della Capitale is an iconic aspect of playing for either Roma or Lazio, and with the summer transfer window fast approaching, it could be the last chance for some to enjoy the delights of such a season-defining clash.

For Roma, everything starts with Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese coach has perfectly slotted into the Giallorossi environment and has already tasted success with the club, guiding them to the Europa Conference League last season, but rumours continue to link him with a move away at the end of the season.

It’s a similar story for Tammy Abraham, who shined in his debut season in Rome to become a fan favourite. The Englishman has fallen off a little in his second campaign and questions are now being asked, meaning a transfer in the summer cannot be ruled.

Paulo Dybala reminded many of his qualities after leaving Juventus on a free transfer to join Roma last year. The 29-year-old World Cup winner has directly contributed to 21 goals in 28 appearances and the €20m release clause in his contract makes him an accessible option for any seriously interested party.

On the other side of the Tiber, Lazio are facing an uncertain future of their own. Maurizio Sarri’s second season at the club is going well, but frustrations with the club’s management could push him to look for an exit in the summer, and multiple reports have detailed the various clubs interested in him.

It’ll almost certainly be the last Derby della Capitale for star man Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who has decided not to renew his contract with the Biancocelesti. The Serbian midfielder is hoping to make the jump to a top club in the summer, when he’ll have just a year left on his contract in Rome.

Luis Alberto is endlessly linked with a move away from Lazio and could finally make his return to Spain at the end of the season, with Cadiz keeping tabs on him, so Sunday could be his last chance to enjoy the delights and dangers of the derby.

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