Speculation mounts over Serie A sensation.
A representative of Napoli star Ezequiel Lavezzi has confirmed that Liverpool have made an offer for his client and that the ball now lies firmly in the court of the Italian side.
Speculation regarding Rafael Benitez’s interest in the Argentine international has steadily increased in recent weeks while Serie A rivals Juventus and cash-rich Manchester City have also been linked with the 24-year-old who is an icon in Naples.
“The proposal of Liverpool is certain,” agent Eduardo Rossetto told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“One thing so far I have kept confidential, but it is well known in Naples; [Napoli director, Pierpaolo] Marino met twice with the Fifa agent Pablo Cosentino who invited him to arrange a meeting in Liverpool or Naples with the British.
“No [it has not happened]. And we do not want to compel Naples to sell the player.
“But I think it is a appropriate that the club consider the offer, judging it sufficient or insufficient.
“And if we can not compel them, neither can the directors impose anything on Lavezzi.
“We are speaking of a man, not a machine. The rights of one party are reflected in the other.”
The Source: (Sport.co.uk)
So it does indeed appear that Rafa Benitez has shown in very clear terms that he is very much interested in the Napoli attacker but two things still remain unresolved.
One, the Serie A outfit wants a cool £18m for Lavezzi, which is incredibly inflated to say the least. Even if Liverpool had a bags of cash I seriously doubt Benitez would be pressurised into making the move he would simply take his money and look elsewhere.
Secondly the Argentine is clearly rated very highly by his agent but is he really THAT good? Yes he has had a good season in Naples but I sincerely doubt he is so talented as to warrant a regular starting place in the team and would surely have to prove himself in time but therefore would be an even more expensive proposition.
Lavezzi to Liverpool: I think this deal will fall away and not be completed and the Anfield side won’t have lost out too badly.