Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis Implies Liverpool & Roma Could Have 'Shared Ownership'

039;World's best' Alisson will be difficult to replace says Roma boss Di Francesco

039;World's best' Alisson will be difficult to replace says Roma boss Di Francesco

Aurelio De Laurentiis is known as one of the most outspoken owners in football and the Napoli Chairman has been at it again today with a remarkable claim in the Italian press. "I always have the doubt that the real owner of Roma is also that of Liverpool". When Liverpool and Roma met in last season's Champions League semi-final, it was dubbed by the Italian media as the "Boston Derby".

UEFA's Champions League rules prohibit two clubs with common ownership from both playing for Europe's biggest trophy.

De Laurentiis was speaking about the issue after Liverpool paid a then world record fee to sign Alisson Becker from Roma, a player who he wanted to take to Naples.

"He (De Laurentiis) said that this was all suggested to him by a little bird". For example, I would not have given up Alisson even for €100 million.

Haase stuns Zverev in Cincinnati
In the women's section at Cincinnati , defending champion Garbine Muguruza was ousted by Lesia Tsurenko 2-6 6-4 6-4. Younger Alexander was dumped by Robin Haase 5-7, 6-4, 7-5.

Last summer, Anfield bought winger Mohamed Salah from the Roman club, and the Egyptian global went on to break the Premier League scoring record and win player of the year.

Both clubs are owned by Boston-based companies - Roma's president James Pallotta is an executive board member of Boston Celtics while the Reds of course are owned by Boston Red Sox owners Fenway Sports Group - but that is where the similarities end.

Roma's general manager, Mauro Baldissoni, also chimed in on De Laurentiis' claims on Friday. In fact, he went full John W Henry, the Liverpool owner who responded to Arsenal's bid for Luis Suarez in 2013 by tweeting "What do you think they're smoking over there at the Emirates?'" Perhaps we could recommend that he speak more with nightingales, who chirp melodies instead of nonsense because the little bird he spoke to told him nonsense. For our part, we send our best wishes to president De Laurentiis and to Carlo Ancelotti, their coach who remains in the hearts of all Roma fans, along with everyone else at Napoli.

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