Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis gives up on Domenico Criscito amid Inter & Paris Saint-Germain speculation

What seemed like a done deal is anything but as Italian club chief claims he is no longer interested in the defender who appeared so close to moving south
Napoli's move for Genoa defender Domenico Criscito has been blown off course as club president Aurelio De Laurentiis pulls out of a co-ownership deal.

It's a major twist to developments as just days ago Genoa director of sport Stefano Capozucca claimed both clubs had agreed a transfer.

Criscito, 24, was expected to join Napoli on a co-ownership deal with De Laurentiis paying €6 million for a 50 per cent stake.

However, it seems Napoli have been worried by reports the player is more interested in joining Inter or Paris Saint-Germain if Leonardo moves to France.

De Laurentiis told Radio Marte: "Criscito? I never believed in him.

"It's difficult to get Neapolitan people to play for this club when we were in Serie C or B and I looked for them. Those who leave Naples don't want to head back there.

"Maybe they are scared, and so I have thought that I no longer want Neapolitan players," he added, referring to Criscito who was born just outside the Campania port city.

"My people wanted him, but I was sceptical. If he is attracted by Inter or by Leonardo moving to PSG then there will be no fight for him."

Criscito played 36 times for Genoa last season, and he even said he would change position to join Napoli, but that seems less likely following the owner's stance.

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