Liverpool suffer blow in £8m striker chase

Liverpool look set to miss out on long-term target Ezequiel Lavezzi, who has hinted that he could make an emotional return to Napoli this summer.

The Argentine forward currently plies his trade with PSG, but his future with the Ligue 1 champions appears to be bleak due to his advancing years, he’s 29, lack of regular action this term and a fall out with manager Laurent Blanc over the winter.

Liverpool were heavily linked with a late £8m offer for him during the last transfer window, and although they failed to land him, the 2016 expiry date on Lavezzi’s contract leaves the door ajar for a fresh move.

However, the versatile forward has cleared the path for a return to Napoli – whom he left to join PSG in a deal worth over £20m in 2012 – by revealing that he sees a partnership with Gonzalo Higuain as an attractive one and that his misses life in Italy:

“Me paired with [Gonzalo] Higuain? Why not? I do miss Italy,” he is quoted by Goal.

“If I went back [to Italy], Napoli would be my first choice. We will have to see if I want to.

“I’m at PSG now, [but] at the end of the season we shall see what happens.”

Lavezzi has won two Ligue 1 titles with PSG as well as two French Super Cups and the Coupe de la Ligue.


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