Antonio Di Natale has revealed that Liverpool wanted to sign him “at all costs” when he was at the peak of his powers with Udinese.
The former Italy international established a reputation as one of the most consistent goalscorers in Serie A during a 12-year spell in Udine. Across 446 appearances, the two-time Capocannoniere winner netted on 227 occasions.
Unsurprisingly, that return saw Di Natale attract admiring glances from across Europe on a regular basis. Juventus were shunned in efforts to prise a proven frontman away from Serie A rivals, while Liverpool also saw efforts to lure the diminutive striker to England rebuffed.
Di Natale told Tuttosport of knocking back interest from afar:
“I wanted to remain in Udine and had just signed a four-year contract, I’d won the Capocannoniere title, felt important here and simply didn’t want to change everything.
“Liverpool wanted me at all costs too, they were prepared to do anything to get me to sign for them, but it would’ve made no sense for me to go to England when I’d already turned down Juve.”
Di Natale started his career at Empoli, with 55 goals in 177 appearances there earning him a switch to Udinese in 2004.
Source: News update