Napoli president makes inflammatory Liverpool claim

Date published: Friday 17th August 2018 11:48 - Matthew Stead

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has questioned the ownership of Liverpool.

De Laurentiis says Napoli were interested in signing goalkeeper Alisson from Roma this summer before Liverpool intervened.

The Reds bought the Brazilian for an initial £56m – a world-record fee for a goalkeeper at the time – leaving Napoli scrabbling for an alternative.

De Laurentiis claims Liverpool only won the race to sign the 25-year-old because they share owners with Roma. Which they don’t, by the way.

“Roma were dismantled and reassembled, I can’t evaluate them: I wouldn’t have sold Alisson, not even for €100m (£90m/$114m),” he told Corriere dello Sport.

“I had offered €60m (£54m/$68m) for him and they didn’t want to give him to us… But then I understood that he would go to Liverpool.

“I’ve always suspected that the real owner of Liverpool is also that of Rome. A little bird whispered it in my ear a few years ago. And if that is true, with a shared ownership they could not both compete in the Champions League.”

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