Liverpool have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of a Serie A defender, who has revealed his desire to stay in Italy.
Jurgen Klopp is reportedly interested in bringing Roma full-back Emerson Palmieri to Anfield, who is also wanted by Inter Milan.
The £22million-rated 23-year-old has responded to rumours of interest from the Premier League, admitting that he is flattered with the links, but is happy at his current club.
“I have heard that clubs such as Inter Milan and Liverpool are seeking to sign me,” the Sun report him as saying.
“But I am under contract with Roma. I am flattered by stories such as these. However, I want to stay here in Rome. I am happy here.
“Roma have a great squad, with everyone good enough to start matches. There are so many close-fought games, and it is vital for us to have a well-stocked squad.”