Andrea on his way back home.
Andrea Dossena appears to be edging closer to a move to Napoli after his agent suggested that Liverpool should sell in January.
The Italy defender was close to a switch to Stadio San Paolo in the summer, but the deal broke down amidst suggestions that personal terms could not be agreed.
Dossena’s representative, Federico Pastorello, claims wages were not the only stumbling block and that Liverpool did not want to take a substantial financial loss.
The Reds paid Udinese £7million for the left-back in July 2008 and are thought to be keen to regain as much of that fee as possible.
But, with former Treviso player Dossena failing to earn a place in Rafa Benitez’s first team, Pastorello believes it is only fair to sell.
Pastorello told Radio Kiss Kiss: “The negotiations in August were real, but the problem was not only the salary.
“Liverpool, in fact, didn’t give us the green light to deal with Napoli. The two clubs were not finally agreed.
“What about January? He has played less this year and it is clear that Liverpool have to move him. If Napoli want Dossena, they know how.”
Napoli sports director Riccardo Bigon told Radio Marte on Tuesday: “I like Andrea Dossena since he played in Treviso.”
He added: “It’s early to say names and we do not yet have a problem on the left side thanks to (Jesus) Datolo and (Salvatore) Aronica.” (Sky Sports)
So there you have it, it appears we are at the stage where its just a case of the two clubs haggling over the fee. Given the current inflated transfer market, which values Joleon Lescott crazily as worth over £20m, then I would have thought we deserve at least £6m for Andrea Dossena.
When he arrived at the club he was touted as one of the best left backs in Italy and whilst he failed to live up to that billing he still has a future and perhaps he is more suited to the pace and style of Serie A.
I expect a deal will be done in January as it is in no one’s interest to hold the Italian back and risk his place in the World Cup squad for next summers World Cup.