Fabrizio Romano has poured cold water on the rumours that Victor Osimhen has agreed personal terms with Liverpool.
The 24-year-old has become one of the world's top strikers in recent years, helping fire Napoli to a historic scudetto with 26 Serie A goals in 32 games in 2022/23.
Despite his success in Italy, Osimhen – whose contract is due to expire in 2025 – could leave his current club at the end of the current season.
Though Napoli have been trying to tie him down to a new deal, the Serie A champions may ultimately have to accept the reality of having to cash in on Osimhen in order to avoid losing him on a free.
Speaking in a press conference, famously outspoken Napoli president De Laurentiis suggested contract talks have not gone to plan and the player could end up being sold like former fan favourite Kalidou Koulibaly.
De Laurentiis said: “I have never not been calm when it comes to Osimhen, but it takes two to tango.
"I remain the same, if his mood has changed, then there’s not much I can do about that.
"If after a handshake things change, that is disappointing, we take it into account, but life goes on.
“We have a good rapport with him, the contract runs to 2025, so there is time. Don’t forget I sold Koulibaly at the last minute.”
There will be no shortage of suitors for the former Lille man, if and when he does seek a new home, with Liverpool just the latest club linked.
Radio Kiss Kiss in Naples pushed the notion of Liverpool's interest, with journalist Valter De Maggio even suggesting that the Reds were behind Napoli's stalled contract renewal talks, as they had already agreed personal terms with the forward.
However, before Liverpool fans had time to get too worked up about the audacious claim, transfer reporter Romano has shot down suggestions that Liverpool's interest is at an advanced stage.
He told his YouTube channel: "Some media is reporting that Victor Osimhen already agreed contract terms with Liverpool.
"Guys, from what I’m told, Victor Osimhen hasn’t agreed anything with any club – not even with Napoli."
Romano went on to add that the forward could still renew at Napoli, while Liverpool are among those monitoring his situation.
"There’s no agreement on the contract extension," Romano added. "Napoli made a really important proposal to Osimhen, in terms of contract, very important salary, the biggest in Napoli history is on the table for Osimhen.
"But he has not decided, and he has not agreed anything with any club. So Osimhen will take his time. Reports of an agreement with Liverpool are not true. For sure, Liverpool and many other clubs are keeping an eye on the situation of many strikers. But at the moment for Osimhen, nothing is agreed, and nothing is decided."