Today local Naples newspaper Il Mattino has linked Paris Saint-Germain winger, Ezequiel Lavezzi, with a move back to Serie A side Napoli this summer. It’s unclear whether the French side will be willing to let the Argentine forward leave, but if a deal can be done, Liverpool should be one side that tries everything in their power to bring the exciting player to Anfield.
This is Lavezzi’s second season in Paris and although the first 12 months have been fairly quiet by the high standards he set at Napoli, he has begun to flourish under Laurent Blanc and his performances in 2014 have been nothing short of exceptional. His record speaks for itself, with five of his seven league goals coming since the end of the January break.
Add to that goals and impressive displays against Bayer Leverkusen and Chelsea in the Champions League and it is looking like Lavezzi will finish the season as one of PSG’s best performers.
The rumours of a move have been sparked by rumours that it is Lavezzi himself that is unhappy with Parisian life, but his upturn in form could turn that around. Il Mattino suggest that Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis would be interested in bringing Lavezzi back to the San Paolo on a season-long loan deal, and offering to pay the majority of Lavezzi’s €6.5 million per year wages.
As Financial Fair Play starts to take its grip, teams like PSG may still be able to splash out on huge transfer fees; it’s the wage bill that could hit them harder in the long run.
With Liverpool set to take part in next season’s Champions League, Brendan Rodgers will be looking for exceptional talent with added European experience to join his exciting side. Lavezzi would be a fantastic signing, he can play anywhere in the front three and despite his excellent end to the season, he would be an upgrade on Raheem Sterling, allowing the youngster to continue his development and learn from an experience European forward in the process.
Lavezzi may not enjoy life in Paris, it would be easy to return to the sanctuary of Naples, but he would be adored in Liverpool and could become an instant hero for the Reds.