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Liverpool to miss out on Lazio defender

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Diakite (left) chooses Napoli over Liverpool (©GettyImages)
Diakite (left) chooses Napoli over Liverpool (©GettyImages).

Lazio defender Modibo Diakite will reject Liverpool this summer in favour of a move to Napoli, his agent has said.

The 25-year-old was on Brendan Rodgers' shortlist of replacements for the retiring Jamie Carragher, but the Frenchman looks set to snub Anfield in order to remain in Italy after his contract at Lazio expires this summer.

Diakite's agent Ulisse Savani told Radio Sei: "Diakite should leave Lazio in June on a free transfer to accept the offer from Napoli."

This new information contradicts Savani's comments from January, when he explained Liverpool would be Diakite's 'first option', claiming the Anfield outfit would be too good to turn down.

Liverpool have also been linked with Swansea's Ashley Williams, Lyon's Dejan Lovren and Feyenoord's Stefan de Vrij as the Merseyside club's search for a new centre-back continues.

It seems certain they will now miss out on Diakite, who joined Lazio in 2006.  Having previously been a regular at the Stadio Olimpico, the Frenchman has not made a league appearance this season and has only appeared as an unused substitute on six occasions.

He has two major trophies from his seven years in Rome, winning the Coppa Italia in 2009 and the Italian Super Cup in 2010.

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