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Roma chief Pallotta makes light of De Laurentiis claim

Roma chief Pallotta makes light of De Laurentiis claim

The two clubs are now owned by Americans, with James Pallotta overseeing Roma and John W Henry's Fenway Sports Group controlling the Premier League side.

He said: "I always had a suspicion that the real owner of Roma is the same as Liverpool".

American businessman James Pallet, meanwhile, has owned the majority of the stake at the Italian outfit AS Roma since 2011.

Roma and Liverpool have been involved in two massive transfer deals over the previous year with Mo Salah and Alisson heading from the Italian capital to Anfield and that has clearly angered De Laurentiis. "And if that is true, with a shared ownership they could not both compete in the Champions League".

The billionaire Roma chief mocked the remarks, with his club quoting him on Twitter as saying: "What do you think De Laurentiis is smoking over there in Naples? If he finds that little bird again, he'll find out we also own Barca and Bayern".

De Laurentiis ensured Sarri's switch to West London was as hard task as possible, forcing Chelsea eggheads to reach an agreement over the end of the Italian's contract before any deal could see the light of the day.




"I wouldn't have sold Alisson, not even for €100million".

Liverpool ultimately paid an initial €62.5m for Alisson, one year after signing Mohamed Salah from Roma for €42 million in what turned out to be a major bargain after the Egyptian scored 41 goals in 46 appearances in all competition.

The Merseyside club is owned by The Fenway Sports Group, who took over the ownership back in 2010.

"He said that this was all suggested to him by a little bird", Baldissoni said on Roma's website. I sounded out Inzaghi and Giampaolo but then I thought it was fair to try Carletto because we are on very good terms.

In the same interview, De Laurentiis also touched on his relationship with new Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, adding: "It was hard to continue with Sarri, I wanted to replace him right away".


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