Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is apparently none-too-happy about losing out to Liverpool for the signature of goalkeeper Alisson Becker. Instead of shrugging it off and bemoaning the financial realities and perceptions that lead players to choose Liverpool over Napoli (or e.g. Barcelona over Liverpool), De Laurentiis decided to put on his tinfoil hat, take a long, slow swig of the kool aid, and spout off conspiracy nonsense to the local paper. Neat.
“I would not have [been] given Alisson even for 100 million,” De Laurentiis claims to Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport. “I had offered 60 for him but [Roma] did not want to give it to me. Always the doubt that the real owner of Rome is also that of Liverpool, a little bird told me in the ear a few years ago. But if so, these two teams could not even make the Champions [League].”
While Liverpool’s ownership group, Fenway Sports Group, and Roma’s Chairman and Co-owner James Pallota are both from Boston, there is no evidence that the two clubs are owned by the same organization.
And even if it were true, UEFA did not exactly show the courage of their convictions last year when they allowed both RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg to participate in European competitions, despite obviously being owned by the same organization, Energy Drink.
Well, it was fun catching up with you and all Aurelio, but we have some boss footy to play and Europe to conquer (allez allez allez).