Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has made an extraordinary claim that both AS Roma and Liverpool F.C have the same owners, which would be illegal under UEFA rules. A little bird whispered it in my ear a few years ago.
Sensationally claiming that Roma and Liverpool were owned by the same person, and, as a result, it was no surprise that Napoli had been unsuccessful in their bid for the Brazilian 'keeper, the Roma president has issued a provocative retort to the accusations.
"And if that is true, with a shared ownership they could not both compete in the Champions League". Liverpool beat Roma in the UCL semifinals last season.
The source of De Laurentiis' suggestion was Roma's sale of goalkeeper Alisson Becker to Liverpool this summer.
"Pallotta hit back at De Laurentiis today, saying: "'What do you think De Laurentiis is smoking over there in Naples? "For example, I would never have sold Alisson even for €100 million".
"I read De Laurentiis's words, maybe he frequents the wrong birds".
The Brazilian became the second Roma player to move to Anfield in the previous year as he followed the path of star attacker Mohamed Salah.
De Laurentiis subsequently questioned whether the two clubs had shared the same owner, as both are now controlled by Americans; Pallotta overseeing Roma and John W Henry's Fenway Sports Group controlling the Premier League side.
Roma's general manager, Mauro Baldissoni, also chimed in on De Laurentiis' claims on Friday. 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.