Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has ruled out January moves for either Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi or Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli.
Both players have been the subject of transfer speculation, with the Stadio San Paolo being touted as a potential destination for the pair, however the Napoli supremo has been quick to quash any suggestions that Lavezzi or Balotelli could join Rafael Benitez' side in the January window.
“We are well-stocked in attack and in a couple of months time [Lorenzo] Insigne will be back [from his injury]," De Laurentiis told Italian television.
“They forget that Lavezzi has a salary of €4.5m net per-year and above all he wanted to leave Napoli. We asked him to stay for one more year, but he joined PSG in 2012.
“Sometimes the players’ agents have some fun by pulling out our name, but we have nothing to do with either Lavezzi or Balotelli.”
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The news that the Serie A side have ruled themselves out of both transfers is mixed news for Liverpool, who themselves are keen on signing Lavezzi, but are struggling to find a buyer for their mercurial Italian.