Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have suffered a blow in signing Ezequiel Lavezzi after the forward's agent revealed his client will not leave Paris Saint-Germain in January. The 30-year-old has six months left on his contract at Parc des Princes and the Ligue 1 outfit are set to lose him as a free agent in the summer.
According to talkSPORT, the Argentine international was a transfer target for the Reds and the Merseyside club in the mid-season transfer window, as both teams wanted to bolster their attacking division. Lavezzi's representative Alejandro Mazzoni, however, has ruled out any transfer at the start of the New Year.
PSG have made it to the last 16 of the Champions League and the French champions will take on Premier League winners Chelsea in the knockout stages of the European competition. Lavezzi's agent has claimed that the opportunity to play for Laurent Blanc's side in Europe's elite club competition has convinced him to stay with his current employers.
"At the moment I see no real possibility, the player will not leave in January," Mazzoni told Radio CRC.
"PSG are doing very well in the Champions League and they want to go as far as possible, that could therefore hinder a Lavezzi departure in January. Next June, Lavezzi will quietly choose his team for next season."
Lavezzi joined PSG from Napoli in 2012. Mazzoni suggested that the South American will leave Paris in the summer and admitted a return to Italy could be on the cards. "Lavezzi is out of contract and is nostalgic for Italy. His return to Serie A is a possibility," the forward's representative explained.
PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has urged Lavezzi not to leave the club in the January transfer window. When asked about the future of the former Napoli man's potential exit in January, the Swedish international striker said; "No, at PSG. I need him!"