The 18-year-old striker, already a United States international and rated as one of world football’s top talents, was the subject of an £11m bid from the Anfield club in the summer.
The offer, however, was rebuffed and Michael Zorc has now thrown cold water on any revival of a deal this winter, telling Bild: “It’s not worth the effort for Liverpool.”
Liverpool have reportedly sent scouts to assess Dembele five times and are willing to offering £10m up front for 20-year-old, with a further £10m proposed in add-ons and bonuses.
Sassuolo’s Gregoire Defrel is another striker linked with Anfield, though Leicester City have also been mentioned in connection with the 25-year-old.
Giovanni Carnevali, the Serie A club's director general, has now claimed that Premier League and La Liga clubs have been in contact over Defrel’s availability but a January move is unlikely.
“It’s not our intention to sell him, especially in January. The winter market is for making improvements,” Carnevali said.
“We haven’t had any official offer from Napoli, never mind one which would please us. I can tell you that he’s very well-liked by foreign clubs. There have been offers from the Premier League and La Liga.”Reuse content