Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has made an outrageous claim about Liverpool FC and AS Roma following the transfer of Alisson Becker.
Conspiracy theories are rife in the footballing world but this surely has got to take the cake from Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis.
La Gazetta dello Sport has quoted the Serie A chairman sensationally claiming that Liverpool and AS Roma are owned by the same entity.
De Laurentiis reasoning comes back round to the transfers of Mohamed Salah last summer and most recently goalkeeper Alisson Becker – who joined the Reds for an eye-watering £65m fee in July.
De Laurentiis is quoted as saying: “Roma? They’ve changed a lot and I don’t know if that’s good.
“I wouldn’t have sold Alisson, not even for €100million. I had offered €60million for him but Roma didn’t want to sell him to me. I always have the doubt that the real owner of Roma is also that of Liverpool.”
“A little bird told me in the ear a few years ago but if that were so these two teams would not be able to compete in the Champions League.”
I agree that the Reds have done well to take the pair of players they have from Roma for the combined sum of £100m but De Laurentiis is certainly mistaken in his outlandish claims.
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.
I like a good football conspiracy theory as much as the next guy but this is actually ludicrous.