Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi is set to snub the chance to join Premier League side Liverpool in order to return to his former-club, Napoli, say talkSPORT.
The Argentinian international has fallen down the pecking order in Paris under Laurent Blanc, and he is expected to leave in January or next summer. The mega-rich French side coughed up £20 million in order to sign the forward from Napoli back in 2012, and then splashed out even more for his former team-mate, Edinson Cavani, who has been keeping Lavezzi out of the first-team.
Due to Blanc's one-man striker system, Cavani has been pushed out to the left-wing, which is where Lavezzi plays, and due to the Uruguayan being the first-choice, Lavezzi has been left with a back-up role at the club. The 29-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to England, with Liverpool interested, but nothing formal has come from their interest as of yet.
The Reds were reportedly keen on signing Lavezzi over the summer, but Brendan Rodgers moved for other options after seeing Luis Suarez leave the club for FC Barcelona.
However, according to reports in Italy, if Lavezzi is to leave Paris in January, it will be to re-join his former club rather than move to Anfield.
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It's believed that Napoli are interested in signing their former-attacker and will make a formal move in the New Year, with Rafael Benitez keen on bringing him back to Naples. The forward spent five successful years in Italy with Napoli and was considered a fan favourite before leaving for Paris two years ago.
Lavezzi has just over 18-months left on his current contract at Paris Saint-Germain, and according to club sources, a new contract may be put on the table for the Argentine, despite his desire to leave.