President confirms agreement with Liverpool target

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Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has confirmed there is a buyout clause written into the contract of reported Liverpool target Ezequiel Lavezzi.

But Laurentiis is irritated that he ever reached such an agreement with Lavezzi and his representatives - and claims it will never happen again.

“Lavezzi’s agent very sneakily asked me for a buy-out clause and as a novice, I fell for it, but from that point on I have never accepted another clause in the contract," said De Laurentiis.

"There is a price for everyone, as this is a business, but I am the one who chooses it.”

The buyout fee for the Argentine striker - who has attracted plenty of interest in recent months - is alleged to be set at around €32 million.


Liverpool, meanwhile, had been linked with a summer swoop for Lavezzi, as Kenny Dalglish reinforced his Anfield ranks with real purpose.

Whether or not Liverpool made an approach for Lavezzi remains unclear, but the Merseyside club did enjoy a particularly fruitful transfer window.

Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing, Alexander Doni, Jose Enrique, Sebastian Coates and Craig Bellamy all signed for Liverpool to aid their quest to qualify for the Champions League once more.

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