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Liverpool Given Clear Path To Sign Lavezzi As Napoli Back Out Of Race

Reds boosted by news of former club dropping out of race to land PSG ace.

Premier League giants Liverpool and Tottenham have been boosted in their chase of Paris Saint Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi after it emerged that Napoli have backed out of the race to land his signature, the Daily Express reports.

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The Serie A club were thought to be in for the £17m wide man, who they sold to PSG for £21m back in 2012.

Napoli had also been linked with a move for Reds ace Mario Balotelli, who has dramatically fallen out of favour at Anfield side his summer move from Milan.

However, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has ruled out a second move for Lavezzi as he claims the club cannot afford his £3.5m-per-year wages, which is the reason why they sold him in the first place.

That also rules out any possible move for Mario Balotelli, too, leaving league rivals Sampdoria as the only suitors.

“You forget that Lavezzi has a salary of €4.5million net per year and that it was he who wanted to leave Naples. He decided (to go) in 2011, and we asked him to stay a year, so in 2012 he moved to Paris St. Germain,” De Laurentiis said.

“Sometimes the players’ agents have fun [linking us to players], but we have nothing to do with neither Lavezzi or Balotelli.”

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